Roger Kimball
Author and Magazine Editor, New Criterion

"Criticismism" (sic) 'Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking'"

When Otto von Bismarck warned that "We must never look into the origin of laws or sausages," he articulated a principle diametrically opposed to the Enlightenment ideal of intellectual exposure, summed up in Kant's motto for the Enlightenment: "Sapere aude," Dare to Know!  What we call "critical thinking" today  is an heir—often a wayward heir--of the Enlightenment project of making man autonomous by elevating human reason at the expense of the customary and conventional.

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Read his speech at the 2007 Philadelphia Society meeting "Challenges to Conservatism."