At the outset I wish to acknowledge that the argument employed in this paper is derived from The Idea of a Social Science by Peter Winch. Extensions relate to what I believe is the significance of the argument for critical thinking and teaching critical thinking. I shall set forth the argument and its significance as answers to the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to say that one follows a rule?
  2. What does it mean to say that one knows a rule?
  3. What is the context for critical thinking?
  4. What are some criteria of critical thinking?
  5. What might we do in teaching critical thinking?

The author of this article, Dr. George S. Maccia, is a member of the Ohio State University faculty and a past preSident of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. His article within was originally presented before the Society.



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