Dr. Michael Hoffmann

Dr. Michael Hoffmann
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Associate Professor
Director of Philosophy 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 the collaborative and web-based argument mapping tool AGORA-net. Please find the project page and the application here. 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.