Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Hundleby, Catherine E.,

Second Advisor

Tindale, Christopher

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Bell hooks' work on pedagogy covers a great deal of material in very broad strokes. She relies on the work of John Dewey and Paolo Freire, often drawing upon their critiques of traditional educational models to criticize the values she claims drive current models of education. When hooks addresses critical thinking explicitly, she reorients critical thinking toward practical aims, specifically democratic social progress. In order to better understand the potential value of her approach, and the relationship between critical thinking and democracy, I attempt to situate her conception of critical thinking as practical wisdom within current philosophical scholarship on critical thinking.

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