Criticizing "Critical Thinking"

Last week we examined a few of the positives of "Critical Thinking", attempting to define it and share a few of our favorite tools.  Most basically, we were viewing critical thinking as the confluence of two tracks of study: cognitive/social psychology, and informal logic/reasoning fallacies. 

But this week, I would like to bring up some potential criticisms of "critical thinking", I place this in quotes for an important reason, my critiques are not so much with the general concept of thinking critically, but rather that the canons and saints of the movement which we call "Critical Thinking" aren't critical [i]enough[/i] in their thinking.

Let's get together and do some more think.ing about critical thinking and "Critical Thinking". 

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  • Helen D. L.

    Harland et al.: I was not able to attend the previous discussion. While I have a fairly substantial background in both "tracks of study," I'd like to know, will we begin with a VERY brief summary of where you left off? And if not, could Harland or somebody else send me or refer me to some brief written summary that could help me catch up? Many thanks.

    January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't think you missed much. You might want to review "The Fox and The Grapes" from various secondary sources.

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Helen D. L.

      Thanks, James. Just got this AM of 1/15, and in the mean time, decided not to attend.

      January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Other obligations, sorry! I'm sure it will be awesome. Looking forward to the next one!

    January 12, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Can you give us examples of such canons and saints, and what they say? It might help get the bald rolling.

    January 11, 2014

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