Critical Thinking


The course is performance oriented. There is material to be mastered, but the emphasis is placed on teaching students concepts and techniques that will enable them to think critically.

The notion of critical thinking employed is one that involves the identification of alternatives and the selection of the better alternative according to an appropriate criterion.

Materials for the course are those available online at this website, including the syllabus, a glossary and various readings.


Students will initially produce a portfolio of critical thinking tools, such as, examples of the appearance/reality distinction, alternatives/criteria, definitions and explanations.

There will then be two exams, a major paper and a final.

Michael Eldridge, Department of Philosophy, UNC Charlotte ( or 704/687-3318)

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