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Chapter 4. Self-Understanding

Chapter 4. Self-Understanding

The preceding chapters emphasized that:

  • Critical thinking requires the development of basic intellectual skills, abilities, and insights;

  • Becoming a skilled thinker is like becoming skilled in basketball, ballet, or saxophone playing;

  • These skills can be used to serve two incompatible ends: self-centeredness or fair-mindedness;

  • The skills of critical thinking can be learned in a “weak” sense (selfish thinking);

  • We are focused on the development of critical thinking in a “strong” sense (i.e., serving fair-minded thinking);

  • Fair-mindedness requires that we develop a network of interrelated traits of mind;

  • Developing as a thinker is challenging, requiring internal motivation.


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