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Students in law schools must inevitably learn the spirit of argumentation and debate, because as Aristotle notes, forensic rhetoric is used in courts of law.

For Aristotle, philosophic dialectic involves pro-and-con debate designed to clarify philosophic conceptual constructs and predications. As a result, undergraduate philosophy majors and even undergraduates who take a few philosophy courses but not enough for a philosophy major learn the spirit of argumentation and debate.

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Lumped together, law students and philosophy students probably do not make up a very large percentage of the population of the United States. But are they together a sufficient number of people to leaven the rest of the at times yeasty American population, or should we collectively undertake to educate more undergraduate students in philosophy and perhaps even secondary students?

In the meantime, how can we collectively undertake the remedial education in philosophy of all those at times yeasty American adults who have not studied philosophy?

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Can our American experiment in representative democracy hope to endure much longer with so many yeasty citizens who have not studied philosophy? Or will we have another violent civil war to settle the seemingly intractable debates about legalized abortion and gay marriage?

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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