Philosophy Sports

The new café philosophy.

Philosophy Sports is the next generation of Cafe Philosophy. Philosophy Sports is a series of games of competitive persuasion (publicly-engaged experiential learning) that socialize the criterion of truth and the rules of logic as fair play.

Tug of Logic

The first Philosophy Sport, is a board-game for the collaborative and competitive development of persuasive arguments built on a shifting common-ground.

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About Tug of Logic

Tug of Logic, the first Philosophy Sport, is a board-game for the collaborative and competitive development of persuasive arguments built on a shifting common-ground.

The object of the game is to change minds, above all one’s own. You try to “pull” others toward your view by establishing reasons on a common ground, but sometimes you find you get pulled over, and win.

The winners are the players who change their mind.

Any player can have the satisfaction of making another player a winner, by convincing them and ‘drawing them over”. But the real winers are those players who change their own mind on the MC, which is shown at once to all by moving that player’s gamepiece to the opposite side of the board during each Bout of Logical Scrimmage.

The Tug of Logic boardgame has been played by students in Douglas College classrooms, local areas schools, and presented to educators at regional universities. In 2019 it was) a featured game at the annual Canadian High School Ethics Bowl, where it was played by nearly one hundred high school students.

Philosophy Sports are also introduced in print in forthcoming book publications, both How to Play Philosophy (Hamilton, forthcoming 2022) and Café Conversations (Anvil Books, forthcoming 2022)

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Philosophy Sports

The new café philosophy.

Philosophy Sports is the next generation of Cafe Philosophy. Philosophy Sports is a series of games of competitive persuasion (publicly-engaged experiential learning) that socialize the criterion of truth and the rules of logic as fair play.

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