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Critical Thinking and the Humanities: A Case Study of Conceptualizations and Teaching Practices at the Section for Cinema Studies at Stockholm University

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Joel Frykholm

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The raison d’être of the humanities is widely held to reside in its unique ability to generate critical thinking and critical thinkers. But what is “critical thinking?” Is it a generalized mode of reasoning or a form of political critique? How does it relate to discipline-specific practices of scholarly pursuit? How does it relate to discourses of “post-truth” and “alternative facts”? How is it best taught? This essay explores these issues via a case study of conceptualizations of critical thinking among cinema scholars at Stockholm University, whose views are interpreted against the backdrop of (a) debates about the value of the humanities; (b) higher education scholarship on critical thinking; and (c) the legacy of certain disciplinary traditions within cinema studies, especially the paradigms of “post-theory” and “political modernism.” The interviews attest to the persistence of critical thinking as a fundamental, yet highly elusive, concept to higher education in the arts and humanities.

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Joel Frykholm

I'm Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Section for Cinema Studies, Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University. My primary research interest is early American cinema, including issues of industrial and cultural change, historic reception... Läs vidare

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Frykholm, J. (2020). Critical Thinking and the Humanities: A Case Study of Conceptualizations and Teaching Practices at the Section for Cinema Studies at Stockholm University. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1474022220948798.