Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking

  title={Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking},
  author={Jennifer Wilson Mulnix},
  journal={Educational Philosophy and Theory},
  pages={464 - 479}
As a philosophy professor, one of my central goals is to teach students to think critically. However, one difficulty with determining whether critical thinking can be taught, or even measured, is that there is widespread disagreement over what critical thinking actually is. Here, I reflect on several conceptions of critical thinking, subjecting them to critical scrutiny. I also distinguish critical thinking from other forms of mental processes with which it is often conflated. Next, I present… 
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