Abstract
The goal of this paper is to understand how common aversions to critical thinking, and, in particular, critical thinking related to deliberation about ethics, is arguably akin to math anxiety. However, unlike ethical-critical thinking anxiety, MA has a body of literature and neuroscientific findings supporting it and correlating thoughts about math with neurobiology of pain and fear activation. The crux of the paper lies in the answer to the following question: how is ECTA like and unlike MA? Is there a history—educational and otherwise—similar to MA—that leads to ECTA? In this paper, I argue that there are myriad factors contributing to ECTA but that, ultimately, the result is likely the same: a neurobiology of fear/pain response that inhibits ethical thought and judgment, largely given its dependence on critical thinking. My thesis statement, therefore, is that critical thinking engenders the angst engendered by MA and for similar reasons, and I surmise that current models of teaching applied clinical ethics to health care practitioners would benefit from approaches framing the lack of ethical thinking in our field of health and human services as an ego-defense mechanism or neurobiological constraint. This leads to the question of how workshops aimed at teaching ethics take into account the realities of avoidance, promote critical thinking, and avoid the pitfalls of ECTA.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Teaching Philosophy
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1093-1082
DOI 10.5840/inquiryct201631212
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,077
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Some Reflections on Critical Thinking and Mental Health.Tom Gilbert - 2003 - Teaching Philosophy 26 (4):333-349.
Critical Thinking: Reflection and Perspective Part II.Robert Ennis - 2011 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 26 (2):5-19.
The Challenge of Introducing Critical Thinking in the Business Curriculum.Joseph Castellano, Susan Lightle & Bud Baker - 2014 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 29 (3):13-26.
Conflicting Logics in Teaching Critical Thinking.Yoram Harpaz - 2010 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 25 (2):5-17.
Re/Thinking Critical Thinking: The Seductions of Everyday Life.Kal Alston - 2001 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 20 (1):27-40.
Critical Thinking: Reflection and Perspective Part I.Robert Ennis - 2011 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 26 (1):4-18.
Critical Thinking and Emotional Well-Being.Claude Gratton - 2001 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 20 (3):39-51.
Critical Thinking: A Question of Aptitude and Attitude?Ana M. Nieto & Carlos Saiz - 2010 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 25 (2):19-26.
Integrating Critical Thinking Into Daily Life.Steve Cady - 2004 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 23 (3):33-36.
Nurturing the Relational Promise of Critical Thinking.M. Neil Browne & Michelle Crosby - 2004 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 23 (3):23-26.
Back to Knowledge: The Ironic Path of Teaching Thinking.Yoram Harpaz - 2011 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 26 (3):39-46.
Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking.Jennifer Wilson Mulnix - 2012 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (5):464-479.
Review of Stephen Brookfield‘s Teaching for Critical Thinking. [REVIEW]Benjamin Hamby - 2015 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 30 (2):63-68.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-05-16

Total views
28 ( #392,916 of 2,454,555 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #225,727 of 2,454,555 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes