Critical Thinking and the Conditions of Democracy

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It is often argued, rightly, that critical thinking is a necessary condition for democracy. This essay looks at the other side of that relationship, how certain democratic conditions are necessary for critical thinking to flourish. In turn, this dynamic, interactive account of democratic culture, institutions, and dispositions has implications for how we think about critical thinking itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104
JournalEducation Policy Analysis Archives
StatePublished - 2023


  • critical thinking
  • criticality
  • democracy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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