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ERIC Number: EJ812787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Critical Thinking as a Source of Respect for Persons: A Critique
Doddington, Christine
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v39 n4 p449-459 Aug 2007
Critical thinking has come to be defined as and aligned with "good" thinking. It connects to the value placed on rationality and agency and is woven into conceptions of what it means to become a person and hence deserve respect. Challenges to the supremacy of critical thinking have helped to provoke richer and fuller interpretations and critical thought is prevalent in talk of what it is to become a person and more fundamentally to educate. The capacity for critical thought may indeed be one significant aspect of developed personhood; however an emphasis on critical thought as the main source of respect for persons raises a number of issues about what might therefore be excluded or neglected. A number of alternative views that try to retrieve a more "humanised" view of how we exist in the world are examined and are found to suggest that human consciousness as a mark of personhood should be seen as rooted in bodily senses and a more aesthetic orientation towards the world that moves us away from critical thought and rationality as the single indicators of "good" thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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