Critical Thinking and Ethics, Relatable?
Even though Ethics is the study of the foundational values of a community, critical thinking and ethics are relatable to each other because, both involve the process of evaluation. When practicing good ethics, one must know which behaviors are best for themselves and others, this involves thinking critically.
In a statement by Michael Scriven and Richard Paul, “Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action” (Critical Thinking as Defined by the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, 1987). ...view middle of the document...
1). When making ethical decisions in life, one must use the critical thinking process to evaluate which behaviors are acceptable for themselves as well as others.
In my opinion, ethics are a set of rules that everyone must follow. I believe that motive justifies the action (Ethical Lens Inventory). Even though my primary concern is to protect my individual rights, I believe that universal rules exist to apply to everyone, and that if I practice them consistently, so should everyone else (Ethical Lens Inventory). The Ethical Lens Inventory was spot on, because when I personally make decisions, I tend to think about the consequences of my actions and whether or not the consequences will be beneficial to myself and others. When thinking ethically, one must step back and think of the group as a whole which includes themselves.
Practicing good ethics can be done at any time, most importantly, in the workplace. Ethics applies to our professional responsibilities because in the workplace, we are issued a handbook, which is referred to as a Code of Conduct. Thinking critically had to take place in order to make those guidelines possible. Ethics relates to our societal responsibilities because as children, we are taught to not lie, cheat, or steal. When not following these rules, one is being unethical. When making unethical decisions as far as breaking the law, critical thinking comes into play when disciplinary action is required.
In conclusion, although ethics is the study of the foundational values of a community, critical thinking and ethics are relatable to each other for two main reasons. First, when one is practicing good ethics, they must know which behaviors are best for them and others, as well as the consequences of those actions, this involves thinking critically. Most importantly, critical thinking and ethics relate to each other because, they both involve the process of evaluation.