Why Formal Logic is Essential for Critical Thinking

Donald L. Hatcher

Abstract


After critiquing the arguments against using formal logic to teach critical thinking, this paper argues that for theoretical, practical, and empirical reasons, instruction in the fundamentals of formal logic is essential for critical thinking, and so should be included in every class that purports to teach critical thinking.

Keywords


critical thinking, formal logic, informal logic, composition, critical writing, critical thinking assessment, critical thinking pedagogy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v19i1.2317

ISSN: 0824-2577