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An Introduction to Critical Thinking by Madhucchanda Sen

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WHAT IS CRITICAL THINKING?

Socrates:… the unexamined life is not worth living.

 

—Plato, Apology1

1.1 Introduction

When I started studying philosophy as an undergraduate student, a teacher of mine told us in his very first lecture, “If you want to be a good philosopher, you need to give up two senses— the sense of obviousness and the sense of absurdity”. Critical thinking makes you a good philosopher in this way. By a philosopher, we do not mean a practising philosopher but what may be called a wise person, a person adept with skills that will help her to smoothly steer her way through the complexities that this world and life present. Philosophy makes a person an intellectually responsible adult, one who is able to think through things in ...

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