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Education's EpistemologyRationality, Diversity, and Critical Thinking$
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Harvey Siegel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190682675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190682675.001.0001

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Open-Mindedness, Critical Thinking, and Indoctrination

Open-Mindedness, Critical Thinking, and Indoctrination

(p.108) 8 Open-Mindedness, Critical Thinking, and Indoctrination
Education's Epistemology

Harvey Siegel

Oxford University Press

William Hare has made fundamental contributions to philosophy of education. His work on various matters of educational theory and practice is of the first importance and will influence the field for decades to come. Among the most important of these contributions is his hugely important work on open-mindedness, an ideal that Hare has clarified and defended powerfully and tellingly. In this paper I explore the several relationships that exist between Hare’s favored educational ideal (open-mindedness) and my own (critical thinking). Both are important educational aims, but I argue here that while both are of central importance, it is the latter that is the more fundamental of the two.

Keywords:   critical thinking, indoctrination, intellectual virtues, open-mindedness, close-mindedness, William Hare

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