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After years of ‘looking in’ from the outside, critical thinking has arrived as a field in its own right; it is now mainstreamed in many areas of inquiry and practice.
This three-part webinar series provides an introduction to the value of critical thinking in academics and the professions. Particular attention is given to the ways in which the critical thinker reflects upon and possibly challenges long-standing assumptions about, for example, what is known about the social world and forms of action should be taken to achieve desirable results. Such challenges pave the way for alternative modes of thinking about familiar topics.
Attendees to all three sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
Session 2 - Critical Thinking in the Academic Disciplines (February 26, 2012)
In this session we reflect critically upon the social scientific perspective to understanding human behavior, both individual and collectivistic. We address certain basic questions about the proper subject matter, methods, and value commitments of alternative perspective to such understanding. Examples are given from psychology, international relations, anthropology, and political science.
Daniel Rothbart Biography
Daniel Rothbart is professor of conflict analysis and resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. Professor Rothbart has published extensively in the areas of identity-based conflicts, ethics and conflict, conflict theory and philosophy, the causes of protracted violence, and civilians in war. After earning his Ph. D. in philosophy from Washington University, St. Louis, he was a visiting research scholar at Linacre College, Oxford, at Dartmouth College, and at University of Cambridge. In addition to his numerous publications scholarly journals and volume, he chairs the Sudan Task Groups which works towards peacebuilding in the Darfur region of Sudan.