Critical Thinking, Part 1: What is Critical Thinking?


John Stuart Mill touched on a key aspect of critical thinking: seeking out opposing viewpoints and evaluating their merit. He demonstrated this when he observed, “He who knows only his own side of the case knows little.” This post marks the start of a very exciting series on critical thinking that essentially seeks to inform everyone regarding how to think, not what to think. In this post I will define critical thinking, and in future posts I will discuss how to critically think. So: what is critical thinking?

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Some Philosophical Terminology: Part 4


When considering what kinds of things exist (a central question of ontology), an immediate distinction one can draw is between objects and properties. Roughly, the distinction corresponds to grammatical subjects and predicates within a sentence. For instance, the sentence “Paco is short” has grammatical subject “Paco” and predicate “is short”, and is about the object Paco and the property of being short. The sentence states that the object Paco possesses the property of being short.

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What is Philosophy?


“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


While the above quote is perfect in conveying the essence of philosophy, it does not do the entire field justice. Philosophy can be defined in a variety of ways, but I want to focus on three primary definitions which I believe to be crucial to the understanding of what philosophy truly is.

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