Thinking Critically in Political Science
To say that someone is reasonable is to say that he or she can be reasoned with. In other words, critical thinking is neither a solitary activity nor is it static. It involves processes of social interaction, good sense and practicality as well as idealism. One of the best challenges to illusion and dogma is to expose them to the light of open critical discussion in order to realize practical and realistic solutions to societal problems.
Another important point to remember here is that there are always at least two sides to every issue and every argument. If this was not true, there would be no need to critical thinking because everyone would agree. Moreover, other intelligent and well-meaning people can, and often do disagree; answers are not always clear and disagreement is legitimate. Consequently, it is always best to acknowledge the reasonableness of position of others.
Remember that the capacity for reason is often limited by good judgment; being overly critical of the position of others fails to pay respect to their reasonableness. Acknowledge the potential for you and others to argue, and yet remain to disagree. The only disgrace is in disrespect.
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