Critical thinking as a normative practice in life: A Wittgensteinian groundwork

Siu Sing HUEN

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Abstract

On the point that, in practices of critical thinking, we respond spontaneously in concrete situations, this paper presents an account on behalf of Wittgenstein. I argue that the 'seeing-things-aright' model of Luntley's Wittgenstein is not adequate, since it pays insufficient attention to radically new circumstances, in which the content of norms is updated. While endorsing Bailin's emphasis on criteria of critical thinking, Wittgenstein would agree with Papastephanou and Angeli's demand to look behind criteriology. He maintains the primacy of the practical, and yet contends that a reasonable person lets rules of rationality compel her. These rules are not mere heuristics. I further examine Burbules' conception of communicative reason, and, among others, his interpretation of Wittgenstein's sign-post example. Copyright © 2010 The Author. Journal compilation © 2010 Philosophy of Education Society of Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1087
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Volume43
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

Citation

Huen, S. S. (2011). Critical thinking as a normative practice in life: A Wittgensteinian groundwork. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(10), 1065-1087.

Keywords

  • Critical thinking
  • Wittgenstein
  • Bailin
  • Luntley
  • Papastephanou and Angeli
  • Burbules
  • Spontaneous decision-making
  • Criteriology
  • Reasonableness

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