Criteria for Critical Thinking|
Philosophy 1301 w/ Colby Glass
My uncle ordered popovers
from the restaurant's bill of fare.
And when they were served,
he regarded them with a penetrating stare..
Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom
as he sat there on that chair:
"To eat these things," said my uncle,
"you must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what's solid..
BUT.. you MUST spit out the air!"
And... as YOU partake
of the world's bill of fare,
that's darned good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air
and be careful what you swallow.
-Theodore Geisel's infamous, 75-second
commencement speech to Dartmouch
College, class of '77
|1. CONSISTENCY||The principles of the theory must be consistent. They must fit together logically, and be capable of being jointly true.|
|2. BROAD||The theory must have a wide enough scope to account for a great deal, if not all, moral data, moral scenarios, etc.|
|3. PROCEDURE||The theory must have a procedure for deciding what is morally permissible, or what act is required in a particular situation.|
|4. SIMPLE||"The fewer the basic moral precepts of the theory, the better."|
|5. ACCEPTABLE||The judgments which come from the theory should be reasonable and should conform with commonly held "moral intuitions" about right and wrong.|
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