presentation guide

puzzles and paradoxes

 

The Presentation.

 

You will be assigned to a team, and your team will be responsible for presenting on a certain paradox.

 

The presentation should be about 10-15 minutes. You should approach it as if you are trying to convey what the paradox is to one of your peers (don't think of me as the audience per se). Find a perspicuous way to present the paradox. What are all the various pieces or principles that play a role in the paradox, how do they fit together, and what motivates them. And why is the paradox interesting or important.

 

You should use the course assigned reading as your main sources, but are welcome to use other sources as well. It might be a good idea for each of you to read and take notes on one of the readings before you meet, so that you get a diversity of ideas. You should focus on presenting one purported solution to the paradox (maybe a second related one if applicable). And focus on issues with that purported solution. Overall try to connect your presentation of the paradox to how we have defined what a paradox is, and our discussion of how a paradox might be solved (i.e. this handout).

 

As far as presentation style and visual aides: that is completely up to your digression. Anything is fine--powerpoint, handouts, posters, audience interactions, interpretive dance, etc. There is no requirement that you do any such thing--lecture style with writing on the whiteboard is totally acceptable. Whatever you and your team think is best to present your paradox in an enlightening way.

 

The presentation (plus presentation reactions) count as 20% of the overall mark in the course, so please take these seriously. Teams and dates will be listed on the main page.

Here is good advice about giving a philosophy presentation (not all of it is applicable).