One of these two videos will be the prompt for both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s in-class dialectic. As before, you will be assigned each day either to either the active circle, or to the observation circle. Be prepared for either role. To do so you should watch/listen to each video and have something WRITTEN in front of you, along with your notes if needed. Be attentive to the following: (NOTE-I have provided some guidance below under ‘Consideration’ with each video.
- Be able to paraphrase their points.
- Look for discrepancies/differences between what is presented in the video and what was taught in class.
- Note questions you may pose on points that were either were unclear, vague or ambiguous.
- Identify some strength(s) in their points.
- Identify some weakness(es) in their points.
Here is a copy of the Dialectic Preparation if you would prefer to print out my format.
Here is the rubric for the Interlocutor’s Role (active dialectic rubric)
Here is the Peer Evaluation Sheet, so you will also know what is expected as an Observer.
Video One – “Moral Relativism = Fail”
NOTE: You are only responsible for the content of this video to the 6:00 mark.
- What did the presenter say was the standard of morality?
- How did he define moral relativism?
- Ask yourself how one would know if ‘evidence’ is sufficient to determine whether a person is correct or incorrect.
- Ask yourself how accepting the fact that a truth might be wrong is subjective.
- What happens when there are different types of morality that conflict, and reason cannot seem to solve the issue?
- What was a weakness and/or strength in the caller’s questioning?
- What was a weakness and/or strength in the presenter’s questioning
Video Two – “Hitchens 07′:Religion is Intolerant”
- What was the question Christopher Hitchens was asked?
- What do you think Hitchens understood of the term ‘tolerance’?
- Why did Hitchens think others would not want him to ‘go to hell’?
- What did Hitchens consider the ‘vulgar’ side of the Catholic Church?
- What is the relationship between tolerance and evangelization?
- Should all things that are immoral be illegal? (This is your opinion).
- Why do you think Hitchens says that he “does not want to be tolerated?