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The Project of Cross-Cultural and Scientifically Informed Critical Thinking (King Library)
Start Date: 2/21/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/21/2018End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:
The ability to think critically is considered one of the most important skills a college education can deliver. However, educators’ presentation of critical thinking is uncritical and biased. The beginning of the modern university overlaps with massive periods of European colonization in different countries. The standard model of critical thinking used primarily during these time periods, and even now, derives primarily from Aristotle. One consequence is that it leaves people with the impression that critical thinking is a non-scientifically-based approach to better reasoning that derives from the west. However, there are numerous contributions to critical thinking that derive from non-western traditions. In this presentation, Dr. Vaidya offers some examples and arguments for including ideas from Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism into contemporary critical thinking education. He ties these ideas to research in cognitive science and philosophy of science.

Dr. Vaidya is a Professor of Philosophy in the College of Humanities and the Arts and the Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy.

This event is a part of the University Scholar Series. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the University Library, the Spartan Bookstore, Faculty Affairs and Graduate Studies & Research. For additional information about the University Scholar Series, please go to
Location Information:
SJSU Main Campus - King Library

SJSU Main Campus - King Library
Room: 225
Contact Information:
Name: Elisabeth Thomas
Phone: 408-808-2193
Photo of Dr. Anand Vaidya
Additional Information
Lunch will be provided.
Event Type
  • Free Food
  • Lectures

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