Not by Skill Alone: The Centrality of Character to Critical Thinking

Harvey Siegel


Connie Missimer (1990) challenges what she calls the Character View, according to which critical thinking involves both skill and character, and argues for a rival conception-the Skill View-according to which critical thinking is a matter of skill alone. In this paper I criticize the Skill View and defend the Character View from Missimer's critical arguments.


critical thinking, character, skill, evidence, justification

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ISSN: 0824-2577