Critical thinking and learning

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This paper introduces some of the debates in the field of critical thinking by highlighting differences among thinkers such as Siegel, Ennis, Paul, McPeck, and Martin, and poses some questions that arise from these debates. Does rationality transcend particular cultures, or are there different kinds of thinking, different styles of reasoning? What is the relationship between critical thinking and learning? In what ways does the moral domain overlap with these largely epistemic and pedagogical issues? The paper concludes by showing how Peters, Evers, Chan and Yan, Ryan and Louie, Luntley, Lam, Doddington, and Kwak, respond to these questions. Copyright © 2007 The Author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-349
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Mason, M. (2007). Critical thinking and learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 39(4), 339-349. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00343.x


  • Critical thinking
  • Learning
  • Rationality across cultures
  • Moral issues in critical reasoning


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