Thinking, Reasoning, and Education

Richard Feldman

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Thinking, Reasoning, and Education

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This article discusses epistemological aspects of thinking and reasoning as they are manifested in the educational context. It describes two key features that ought to be included in courses teaching the essential reasoning and thinking skills to students. The first feature concerns the nature and purpose of arguments while the second concerns the objectivity of morality. It highlights the importance of teaching students to reason on issues about moral claims and suggests that students do not discuss the so-called informal fallacies.

Keywords: thinking; reasoning; education; students; morality; arguments; moral claims; informal fallacies

Article.  8047 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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