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2017
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Tan, C. (2017). A Confucian conception of critical thinking. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 51(1), 331-343. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12228.
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This article proposes a Confucian conception of critical thinking by focussing on the notion of judgement. It is argued that the attainment of the Confucian ideal of li (normative behaviours) necessitates and promotes critical thinking in at least two ways. First, the observance of li requires the individual to exercise judgement by
applying the generalised knowledge, norms and procedures in dao (Way) to particular action-situations insightfully and flexibly. Secondly, the individual’s judgement, to qualify as an instance of li, should be underpinned and motivated by the ethical quality of ren (humanity) that testifies to one’s moral character. Two educational implications arising from a Confucian conception of critical thinking are highlighted. First, the
Confucian interpretation presented in this essay challenges the perception that critical thinking is absent from or culturally incompatible with Chinese traditions. Secondly, such a conception advocates a view of critical thinking as judgement that is actionoriented, spiritual-ethical and interpersonal.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Philosophy of Education. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12228
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0309-8249 (print)
1467-9752 (online)
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10.1111/1467-9752.12228
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