From Logical Positivism to Philosophical Thinking: Impacts and Implications on the Student-Learning Process

Abstract

In schools today, students pursue individual academic subjects, such as physics, mathematics, and biology. By compartmentalizing these subjects, students may not be able to connect concepts from different disciplines competently to explain universal phenomena that occur in everyday living. Under this view, it is essential to inculcate an overarching philosophy with which one can capably unify all taught subjects. We first consider Logical Positivism as an overarching philosophy, and the benefits and implications of teaching it to students. We then illuminate the importance of inculcating broad-based philosophical thinking in students, and discuss how this pedagogical approach deepens students’ understanding in, and increases their interest towards, the subject matter that they learn, as well as trains students’ abilities to examine and interpret natural phenomena in logical ways.


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