The preceding chapters emphasized these points:
• 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 fairmindedness.
• 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 fairminded thinking).
• Fairmindedness requires that we develop a network of interrelated traits of mind.
• Developing as a thinker is challenging and requires internal motivation.
This chapter lays a ...