War, Critical Thinking and Self-Understanding

Every once in a while, one comes across an article that captures the issues at stake so completely that there seems little left to add. Arguably this is what ethicist and educational philosopher Nel Noddings did in her provocative March 2004 Phi Delta Kappen article on how education must encourage students to think critically about war.




Nel Noddings  is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is also a past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. She is the author of more than seventeen books including: Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, The Challenge to Care in Schools, Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief, Philosophy of Education‚ and Peace Education: How We Come to Love and Hate War.  


In her  article, “War, Critical Thinking and Self Understanding”, she asks how it is that we can teach our students to think  critical thinking without engaging them on controversial topics.


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