Giovanni Rolla


Philosopher

Teaching statement


I believe that teaching Philosophy is fundamentally a matter of teaching certain skills or abilities. Some of these are: argumentation in general; clarity, perspicuity and creativity when dealing with concepts and theses; and, perhaps more importantly, critical examination of one's unchallenged assumptions and world views. Therefore, I don't think teaching Philosophy should be reduced to explaining what certain philosophers have said—instead, I think we should engage critically with what they claim, assess the soundness of their arguments and examine the consequences of their views. This, however, is not the goal but the means of teaching Philosophy. 

I strive for my students to be able to think for themselves, and the best thing that can happen to me in class is when a student convincingly challenges something I've said.