Critical Thinking, Part 2: Intellectual Standards


A crucial part of critical thinking consists in holding oneself and others to various intellectual standards, standards that make the very existence of rational discourse and inquiry possible. If one wants to think critically, one must keep each of these in mind when assessing and creating arguments. Each standard below is from The Foundation for Critical Thinking.

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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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