Chapter 4. Self-Understanding
The preceding chapters emphasized that:
- Critical thinking requires the development of basic intellectual skills, abilities, and insights;
- Becoming a skilled thinker is like becoming skilled in basketball, ballet, or saxophone playing;
- These skills can be used to serve two incompatible ends: self-centeredness or fair-mindedness;
- The skills of critical thinking can be learned in a "weak" sense (selfish thinking);
- We are focused on the development of critical thinking in a "strong" sense (i.e., serving fair-minded thinking);
- Fair-mindedness requires that we develop a network of interrelated traits of mind;
- Developing as a thinker is challenging, requiring internal motivation.
Our goal in this chapter is to lay a ...