Written Assignment 1 - Approaches of Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking for Homeland Security – HLS355 Written Assignment 1: Approaches to Critical Thinking By Gabriel A. Godart Thomas Edison State College. Generally speaking, having a critical mind is being able to question the reality or the probability of any given facts and their interpretations. The critical thinker must possess the ability to overcome her or his own beliefs in order to avoid forming biased judgments, and be able to discern the dogmatic illusions, which can lure an unprepared mind to reach predefined and therefore non-objective conclusions. Moreover a critical thinker must not fall into the habit of relying on common sense which Albert Einstein defined as the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. Amongst the several approaches to critical thinking throughout history, Rene Descartes’ methodic doubt, Socrates’ method of Elenchus and Immanuel Kant’s critical philosophy, particularly caught my attention and triggered my curiosity and enthusiasm. According to Rene Descartes, a critical thinker must doubt the truth of all his beliefs in order to determine which beliefs he could be certain were true. (Wikipedia, n.d.) His method of doubt can be broken down in four specific steps. First, we shall accept only information we know to be true, which are in turn broken down into smaller units, and the third step consists on
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2011 for the course HLS 355 taught by Professor Denis during the Spring '10 term at Thomas Edison State.

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