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Animation for teaching philosophy

Last semester I used several of the "Three Minute Philosophy" videos available on YouTube, as part of the Introduction to Philosophy course I was teaching. They're quick, funny, and summarize key points for the students, as well as add a visual interpretation of some of the more abstract points in philosophical arguments. I also used Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal or other comics which had philosophical narratives: for example, this Utility Monster allegory.

Of course, there aren't such videos available for everything I was teaching, and if you Google for animations on philosophical topics, you'll often come up with a combination of: 1) shoddily made animations, 2) very lengthy videos, and 3) inaccurate interpretations. So I've decided to start making my own videos. I asked for, and received, some Christmas presents to help with this process:

A Bamboo Splash pen tablet means I don't have to draw on paper and then scan the results into my computer. I c…