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ERIC Number: EJ782714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
The Tools of Women's Studies and Philosophy: Critical Thinking in Writing Courses
Bailey, Cathryn
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v18 n2 p91-100 2008
In this article, the author describes how critical thinking had been related to some of the most important lessons she learned from philosophy and women's studies. Work in analytic philosophy taught her how to better locate and reconstruct arguments from what had often seemed like a morass of surrounding text. Philosophy also provided her with a stronger sense of entitlement about using her own judgment. It was also through philosophy that she gained an appreciation for the value of universal principles and abstract concepts, one that would be tested in women's studies, where she learned, instead, to value individual experience in all its messy particularity. It was through women's studies that she became sensitized to racial and sexual biases in a way that allowed her to recognize her right and responsibility to critique even the philosopher according to criteria that he might not even recognize as legitimate. When the author began to focus on the teaching of academic writing, she became explicitly aware of a similarity in the understandings of critical thinking that she had inherited from these two disciplines, namely, that they sometimes express a similar assumption about the grandness of the nature and purpose of critical thinking. It's a feature that she continues to be aware of precisely because of its awkward fit in the writing-intensive feminist philosophy courses she now teaches, such as Philosophy of Race, Class, and Gender. Paradoxically, she thinks they have great potential for transforming her writing-intensive feminist philosophy classrooms into venues where developing critically-based practices is not so much a means to some supposedly loftier goal, but, at least sometimes, an end in itself.
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