Critical Inquiry


Thinking is driven by questions. Had no questions been asked by those who laid the foundations for a discipline, the field would never have been developed in the first place. Furthermore, every discipline stays alive only to the extent that fresh questions are generated and taken seriously as the driving force in a process of thinking. To think through or rethink anything, one must ask questions that stimulate thought.

Deep questions drive us to delve beneath the surface of ideas; they force us to deal with complexity.

From the Institute for Critical Thinking, Richard Paul, Ph.D., Director. 1996