The Problem With Percy: Epistemology, Understanding and Critical Thinking

Sharon Bailin


Most current conceptions of critical thinking conceive of critical thinking in terms of abilities and dispositions. In this paper I describe a common type of problem students experience with critical thinking and argue that conceptualizations in terms of abilities and dispositions do not provide a way to understand this problem. I argue, further, that a useful way to think about the problem is in terms of epistemological understanding, and that this way of thinking about the issue can provide both pedagogical and conceptual grounding to efforts to foster critical thinking.


critical thinking, epistemology, abilities, dispositions

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ISSN: 0824-2577