Online office hours for help with critical thinking

The Thought Laboratory is a place to help you with critical thinking inside or outside the classroom. We offer virtual office hours, online discussion sessions with one of our teaching assistants. They have taught formal logic, critical thinking, ethics, and philosophy of mind and have logged numerous office hours during their graduate studies. Now you can get the office-hour experience that has benefited so many students right from home.

We want to bring help with critical thinking to the masses. We do this in three ways:

1. We offer free online discussion sessions with one of our teaching assistants You can schedule an online office hour visit to help you clarify your thoughts on moral, political, religious, and other philosophical matters and help you develop arguments for your views or critically respond to the arguments of others. After your session, you will receive “Further Reading” from your TA to help you dig a little deeper in whatever subject you discussed. Click here for more info on what happens during a typical office hour visit.

2. We run a free Argument Clinic at the Detroit Public Library every Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm (hopefully with expanded hours in the future.) This allows the public to drop in with their argumentative concerns.

3. If you don’t have time for an online session or to visit the Argument Clinic, you can send us an e-mail at or send us a message via our contact page. (For the latter please use your real e-mail address; that is the only way for us to respond!).

4. Lastly, we blog about critical thinking. Our posts discuss topics typically featured in a critical thinking course, like what arguments are and when they are valid. We also go beyond such subject matter to show how we would approach critically reading and responding to arguments found in print and online in a series we call “Arguments in the Wild”. We also have a focus on critical thinking online and specifically on social media.