Publication Date: March 1, 2000
Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon presents a groundbreaking reconceptualization of critical thinking theory. Drawing on pragmatic, feminist, and postmodern philosophies, this richly detailed volume presents an overview of the history of critical thinking and identifies its major theorists. Thayer-Bacon critiques how critical thinking is conceptualized and applied in classrooms and offers a newly delineated platform for how women and feminist theorists, as well as men, can engage in what she calls “constructive thinking.” Her proposals are not only timely, they are also original. This book is a vital addition to the discourse and debates about critical thinking theory.
Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon is an associate professor of philosophy of education at Bowling Green State University.
“Without denying the value of traditional perspectives, Thayer-Bacon offers a transformed view of critical thinking—a thoroughly relational view that invites everyone to participate in critical discussion, protects the vulnerable and promotes their growth, and recognizes a variety of skills beyond the traditional ones of logic. This is a significant contribution to both the theory and pedagogy of critical thinking.”
-Nel Noddings, Teachers College, Columbia University
“In her bold new book, Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon urges us to consider the body and its passions, caring connection, and practical context.”
- Jim Garrison, Virginia Polytechnic and State University