Community of philosophical inquiry online and off: Retrospectus and prospectus

David Kennedy, Nadia S. Kennedy

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This chapter addresses, in psychohistorical, philosophical, and educational terms, the emergence of and prospects for the practice of a specific form of philosophical pedagogy in an online environment. It explores a form of structured group dialogue known as "community of philosophical inquiry," a communal critical thinking discourse that reflects the ongoing transformation of the contemporary information environment into a hybrid zone which combines the literate, the oral, and the imagistic. After a description and analysis of the structure and process of CPI as a complex system, a discussion of the distinctive pedagogical role of a CPI facilitator, and a genealogical look at the post modern information environment, the chapter explores how this "ideal speech situation," which is also a hybrid, is challenged or enhanced through its insertion into the post modern information environment, and how it satisfies the conditions for the communicative ideal of social democracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Communities of Inquiry
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Framework, Research and Practice
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781466621107
StatePublished - 2012


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