Assignment: Compose a nine-page dialogue in which Socrates (or Confucius) applies critical thinking to someones conspiracy theory (which may be chosen by you for discussion; e.g., The CIA created the AIDS virus). Instructions are below. Upload to Moodle by July 1.
Socratic Dialogue Instructions: http://morec.com/socratic/socrates.pdf
Grading criteria: http://morec.com/socratic/
Dialogue sample and dialogue format: https://chinatxt.sitehost.iu.edu/Thought/Euthyphro.pdf
Example of a Socratic Dialogue: Platos Republic, Book I (see especially Discussion #3, pages 5-13): https://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl201/modules/Philosophers/Plato/republic_book_one.pdf
Videos for learning more about Socrates: http://morec.com/socratic/
About propaganda, disinformation, and conspiracy theories: https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2020/06/07/fake-news-disinformation-propoganda-truth-rhetoric-twitter-president-trump-ancient-greek-philosophers-socrates-plato-truth/ideas/essay/
Video about disinformation and conspiracy theories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR_6dibpDfo&feature=youtu.be