Dr Peter Boghossian Critical Thinking

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: CH 45
Email: pgb@pdx.edu


Dr. Peter Boghossian's main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Peter has a teaching pedigree spanning more than 25 years and 30 thousand students - in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, seminaries, colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, and small businesses. His fundamental objective is to teach people how to think through what often seem to be intractable problems. 

Peter's primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. His doctoral research studies, funded by the State of Oregon and supported by the Oregon Department of Corrections, consisted of using the Socratic method to help prison inmates to increase their critical thinking and moral reasoning abilities and to increase their desistance to criminal behavior. 

Peter's publications can be found in Scientific American, Time Magazine, Diálogos, CounterPunch, Cogent Social Sciences, The Philosopher's Magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, Education Policy Analysis Archived, The Clearing House: Educational Research Controversy and Practices, The Radical Academy, Offender Programs Report, Teaching Philosophy, Corrections Today, Informal Logic, Skeptic, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Inside Higher Ed, Essays in Philosophy, Federal Probation Journal, the Journal of Correctional Education, Radical Pedagogy, Allthink, Quillette, Truthout, Motherboard, Free Inquiry, World Religions (ABC-CLIO), Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress, and Christianity is Not Great.

Peter was a Councilman for the State of Oregon (LSTA), the Chairman of the Prison Advisory Committee for Columbia River Correctional Institution, an advisor to Sockeye Magazine and The Weekly Alibi, wrote national philosophy curricula for the University of Phoenix, and was a research fellow for the National Center for Teaching and Learning. He teaches Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience, the Philosophy of Education, and Atheism at Portland State University, is an Affiliate Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, is a national speaker for the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance, an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterboghossian. Peter's book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, is available here: http://tinyurl.com/qjbs77uTo learn more about his app, Atheos, click here: http://www.atheos-app.com

Prisons, Community Partnerships, and Academia: Sustainable Programs and Community Needs

Boghossian, Glavin, O’Connor, Boyer, and Conway propose that Portland State University should establish a partnership with the correctional institutions of Oregon. Benefits are discussed.

Federal Probation, Vol. 76, No. 1

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Indignation is Not Righteous

Gary Lonsine and Peter Boghossian discuss the harm of employing righteous indignation and sanctity fallacies.

Skeptical Inquirer, 2012
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The Delphi Technique: correctional administration and community consensus.

Boghossian, Myers, and Kilmer define the Delphi Technique and explain how is can beneficial if used in correctional institutions.

The Free Library, Farlex, 2010

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How Socratic Pedagogy Works

Peter Boghossian discusses the differences of opinion in teaching critical thinking and argues for the Socratic pedagogy method.

Informal Logic: Teaching Supplement, Vol. 23 No. 2, 2003, pp, 17-25


Socratic Pedagogy, Race, and Power: From People to Propositions

Peter Boghossian discusses the effects that a Socratic pedagogy has in reducing the amount of power in a discussion. Rather than attacking people, the arguing of propositions in utilized.

Education Policy Analysis Archives, Vol. 10 No. 3, 2002


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