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Il corso in questione dovrebbe insegnare ai miei 134 (!!!) allievi come pensare criticamente.
Critical Thinking PSH184/PH181
This course will explore the nature and importance of critical thinking as it is understood by a selection of philosophers from the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary periods. It will examine the process of argumentation, to include examples of dialectical argument, from the Platonic writings, the analysis of argument and rhetoric in the writings of Aristotle, Peter Abelard’s conception of logic, the distinction between logic and psychology as depicted by Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell’s and Wittgenstein’s views on the role of logic and Heidegger’s and Mary Midgley’s concept of thinking.
On completing this course, students should
· be able to understand what is meant by critical thinking
· appreciate the kinds of arguments used to justify conclusions and positions on a variety of issues
· be able to distinguish logical from psychological arguments
· have some acquaintance with the views of some philosophers on the above topics
Nigel Warburton Thinking from A to Z (2nd edition) London and New York: Routledge, 2000.
Aristotle The Art of Rhetoric trans. H.C. Lawson-Tancred London: Penguin Books, 1991.
Mary Midgley The Myths We Live By London and New York: Routledge.
Martin Heidegger What is Called Thinking? Trans. by William Kluback and Jean T. Wilde New Haven: College and University Press, 1958.