OCCUPY YOUR MIND
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.
– T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
AIM OF THE BOOK
OYM answers three highly topical and related questions:
- What are the liberal arts?
- What is critical thinking?
- How are they connected?
At a time when liberal education is on the defensive vis à vis the STEM disciplines, and its future is called into question, the terms ‘liberal arts’ and ‘critical thinking’ are often used in tandem but seldom explained. OYM provides an overview of the core ideas that enable students to become higher-level thinkers. Avoiding the excesses of much academic prose (narrowness of focus, turgidity, obscure and unnecessary terminology, the pretention of absolute authority, and over-sourcing), OYM answers the three questions above, for students, educators, and the wider community of aspiring critical thinkers. It is at once a deep exploration of the concept of the liberal arts, and an accessible, thought-provoking guide to critical inquiry for students, prospective students, graduate students, former students, adult learners, parents, and anyone interested in liberal learning.
TABLE OF CONTENTS (PROVISIONAL)
1. LANGUAGE LESSONS
2. CRITICAL THINKING AND CRITICAL INQUIRY
3. ANALYSIS AND AMBIGUITY
4. THINKING AND RATIONALITY
5. TRUTH AND CERTAINTY
6. THE RIDDLE OF CAUSALITY
7. CONCEPTS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
8. THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF COMPLEXITY
9. THE MORAL PRISM AND LIBERAL LEARNING
Read an excerpt from Occupy Your Mind: “The Liberal Arts and Triangular Citizenship”