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Education's Epistemology: Rationality, Diversity, and Critical Thinking

Harvey Siegel


This collection extends and further defends the “reasons conception” of critical thinking that Harvey Siegel has articulated and defended over the last three-plus decades. This conception analyzes and emphasizes both the epistemic quality of candidate beliefs, and the dispositions and character traits that constitute the “critical spirit”, that are central to a proper account of critical thinking; argues that epistemic quality must be understood ultimately in terms of epistemic rationality; defends a conception of rationality that involves both rules and judgment; and argues that critical thin ... More

Keywords: critical thinking, cultural diversity, education, epistemic diversity, epistemology, indoctrination, philosophy of education, rationality, reasons, universal ideals

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190682675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190682675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harvey Siegel, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami

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