Critical Thinking

Instructor: Ali Akalin

The education you will receive at Ubiquity University encourages a particular alliance between academia and lived-life; it is Ubiquity’s mission that one’s academic experience is not divorced from one’s essential being-in-the-world, and this is precisely the light through which we will explore the skills of critical thinking. The capacity to critically engage, assess, and weigh, claims to knowledge, propositions, or assertions, is one of the central tasks of philosophy. In this course, students will be introduced to this foundational skill, which all subsequent philosophical endeavors necessitate! However, it would be a mistake to limit the relevance and applicability of critical thinking to philosophy, or academia, alone. Critical thinking is a pre-requisite for “an examined life,” and as Socrates is believed to have proclaimed, “an unexamined life is not worth living.”

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Recognize and respond to fallacies in reasoning.
  2. Identify, construct, and evaluate arguments.
  3. Identify the four major validity standards for truth, in addition to being able to assess and remedy their corresponding reductionisms and absolutisms.
  4. Conceptualize critical thinking in a developmental framework composed of different levels of complexity in thinking, judgment, and reasoning.
  5. Critically reflect on the processes by which one arrives at one’s own fundamental beliefs, values, and motivations.
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