The Correlation Between Critical Thinking and Ethics

The Correlation between Critical Thinking and Ethics
Verna Massey
August 11, 2014
Emily Cox

The Correlation between Critical Thinking and Ethics
Critical thinking and ethics, though two different concepts, can certainly be used in tandem when confronted with a problem.   Critical thinking is a process of thinking where one is to find the best possible solution when presented with multiple possibilities.   Ethics is a moral guide that determines your perception of right and wrong.

“Critical thinking frees us from nonsense and self-deception, promotes success, informs reading, writing, speaking, and listening.   It promotes social change, uncovers bias, and prejudice, and reveals long term consequences” (Dave Ellis, para.). By defining the problem, generating possible solutions, creating a plan of action and following through with that plan we can narrow the gap between what we want, and what we have.  

According to ("Ethics Game", 2014) Ethical Lens Inventory, my preferred lens is:  
Rights-Responsibility and Results Lens
I balance my reasoning skills (rationality) and my intuition (sensibility) to determine how to fulfill my duties while achieving he greatest good for each individual (autonomy). My blind spot is the belief that motive justifies method, or my own good is good enough.
My personal ethics serve as a moral compass for me.   When making decisions I generally want to know:  
Is it true? Will it compromise my integrity? Will it hurt anyone? Who will be affected? Who will it serve?

Ethics are the moral guide by which we determine how to resolve problems in a given situation.   How you deal with issues with your boss, your co-workers, day to day societal issues, are all determined by how you perceive things through your personal ethical lens.   If critical thinking is the tool, ethics are the guide for how to use that tool.   They go hand in hand.