Online Learning: Duke professor’s logic class has 180,000 friends

By Jane Stancill, News Observer

Duke University philosophy professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong has unusual interactions with his students these days. One contacted him with an excuse for why she was behind in class. She had suffered a personal calamity: Her home in Fiji had been hit by a cyclone. Another claims to be a goat farmer in Afghanistan. And two students – a 12-year-old and her mother – sent the professor a Christmas card from Germany. They are among the 180,000 students who registered for a class called “Think Again: How to Reason and Argue,” co-taught by Sinnott-Armstrong and Ram Neta, a philosophy professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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