Dr. Michael Hoffmann

Dr. Michael Hoffmann
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Associate Professor
Director of Philosophy, Science and Technology Program


"Everybody takes the limits of his/her own field of vision for the limits of the world" (Arthur Schopenhauer). In order to overcome those limitations, my research focuses on visualization methods that are intended to stimulate reflection, creativity,learning, and cognitive change. In recent years, I developed Logical Argument Mapping (LAM), a method to visualize complex structures of mutually supporting knowledge claims, beliefs and values. The method can be used to represent scientific controversies; to structure planning, problem solving, and deliberation processes; to clarify one's own thinking on ill-structured problems; and to resolve conflicts that are determined by clashing values, ideas, and world views.