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Reconsidering critical thinking in embodied terms

Embodied Critical Thinking (ECT)

Embodied Critical Thinking is an international research project on an embodied approach to thinking. It has won the Rannis Grant of the Icelandic Research Fund, and is conducted in cooperation with the Philosophy Department of the University of Iceland, the Interacting Minds Centre of Aarhus University, the Micro-Phenomenology Laboratory, Paris, the Peace, Justice and Conflict Center, DePaul University cooperate.

  • ECT researches how the embodied and entangled being-in-the-world is the ground from where we think critically.

  • ECT researchers explore (interact with) an embodied space of meaning, in which the fresh precision of experiential processes is as important and relevant for the philosophical discourse as arguments are.

  • ECT explores what this means in terms of what we think and how we think, in terms of academic practices as well as in terms of educational practices.

The aim of ECT is to undertake a systematic, thoroughgoing and practical reconsideration of the concept and practice of critical thinking by engaging recent theories and discussions of embodiment in terms of integrating the complexity of feeling and experiential backgrounds in thinking. Principal investigators are PD Dr. Donata Schoeller (project manager), Prof. Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir and Prof. Björn Thornsteinsson. For more information, see here.

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