What is Critical Thinking?

Most college courses include “critical thinking” as a desired learning outcome. But what do we mean by the term? And why is it so important—for coursework and for life? “Critical” is derived from the Greek word krisis, which means “to separate.” When we think critically, we are pulling things apart to evaluate them, but we […]

How to Read a Book

You might ask yourself, how could anyone possibly fill 419 pages with instructions on how to read? The answer is quite easily, actually. First published in 1940, Mortimer J. Adler’s How to Read a Book became a best-seller and was translated into five languages. It was substantially revised and expanded, with the help of Charles […]