Furkan Yazıcı currently doing a Ph.D. at the department of philosophy at the University of Waikato New Zealand. In his PhD research, Furkan tries to come up with a new notion of critical thinking through aesthetics. According to Furkan, critical thinking has an unelaborated discussion of imagination and creativity and one-sided discussion of emotions as barriers to thinking. Through aesthetics, he argues that these ignored aspects of thinking can enhance our critical and creative thinking capacities.
Critical thinking has largely been understood from a positivist perspective in which rational thinking is reduced to inferences that derive conclusions from empirical observations or from analytically true premises. This understanding of critical thinking omits important parts of thinking, such as emotions, feelings, senses, and imagination. These, Furkan argues should be considered integral to critical thinking.
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