Critical Thinking and Ethics Essay

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The Relationship between Critical Thinking and Ethics

Michael T. McClanahan


July 27, 2014



The Relationship between Critical Thinking and Ethics

Critical thinking is when exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation. (Version 3.0.3) This means you take all the facts to narrow down the decisions of a situation or problem. In critical thinking there are six types of thinking, as described by psychologist Benjamin Bloom. They are remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. (Ellis, 2015, p. 205)

The process in which to use the six types of thinking is a three-step process of checking your attitude, checking for logic and checking the evidence. (Ellis, 2015, p. 205) This process will help you move through the six levels with more ease. Checking your attitude helps you in keeping an open mind and also being open to others point of views. While checking for logic, it can help you see assertions and assumptions in most situations.

Checking for evidence requires you to find proof. To find the proof you must ask more in-depth questions, look in books and check other sources to find the evidence.

According to my Ethical Lens Inventory Report my preferred lens are rights-responsibility and results lens. This means I balance reasoning and intuition to determine how to full fill my duties while achieving the greatest good for each individual. My blind spot is that I believe that my motive justifies method or that my own good is good enough. This means that sometimes I fail to be accountable to those who are depending on me when I exercise my free will. This also means I may unintentionally cause people to be upset or in pain because I am so focused on my good motives, that I don't see the problems with my methods.