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“We have no language - no syntax and no lexicon - which is
foreign” (J. Derrida)
Neither language nor personal interests should be enough
an obstacle to divide us therefore.
a working definition
I would define critical thinking as follows:
The term critical means relating,
in a revealing way, to what potentially might have seemed to be incommensurable
or unrelated. New perspectives, new possibilities, new openings are the
The concept of critical thinking, in my view, is best used when it refers
to a method of inquiry that constructs in relation to perspectives other
than one's own in order to create a bigger, more encompassing perspective
on the issues examined.
The result is a disinterested inquiry
in the course of which assumptions are relativised in terms of the opportunities
that they open up and those which they close. It is a dynamic methodology
which sets no boundaries on the inquiry process in regard to the questions
that it asks and the reference contexts which it investigates.
Ania Lian, March, 2003
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