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Our approach - also referred to as the Paulian Approach to Critical Thinking - offers a developed language for critical thinking that can be incorporated into the core of teaching and learning at all levels, and applied to every domain of human life.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we run on limited funding. We need help from you to keep our organization alive! Help us conclude our Spring Fund Drive successfully with a charitable contribution in support of substantive critical thinking and the advancement of fairminded rational societies. 

Join us at Sonoma State University in California’s Wine Country for the longest-running critical-thinking conference on earth, hosted by the world’s longest-established think tank dedicated to critical thinking.

Join us for our International Academy on April 28-30, 2017 in the Emerald City. Register before Feb. 17 to receive a full complimentary set of our ‘Thinker’s Guide Library’ when you arrive! Click below to see details and register.

Critical thinking is foundational to the effective teaching of any subject. When we think through any matter, we can do so only by our capacity to reason and make sense of things. Therefore, we can think through a subject well only when we reason effectively through the logic, problems, and issues within its discipline. We provide on-site as well as online professional development, helping instructors bring critical thinking into the heart of their teaching, and administrators bring it into the core of curricula.

Our programs are designed to develop practical ways to infuse critical thinking throughout professional work, both individually and institutionally. We provide on-site as well as online professional development. Our work is widely used in military intelligence and government programs.

The Thinker's Series Books

The Thinker's Guide Library

Set of 22 Guides.

Only $69.50

Also available individually.
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Critical thinking is a desire to seek, patience to doubt, fondness to meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to consider, carefulness to dispose and set in order; and hatred for every kind of imposture.

~ Francis Bacon (1605)

OUR MISSION

The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking aim
to improve education in colleges, universities and primary
through secondary schools. Read more.