Critical Thinking aka Judgment (the good kind )involves looking at things from all angles. It is weighing all evidence fairly, thinking things through, and examining the evidence from all sides rather than jumping to conclusions. It also involves being open- minded and able to change one’s mind in the light of evidence. Critical thinking and open-mindedness make the examined life possible.
This type of logical and rational thinking is considered a corrective virtue; it corrects for a tendency to think in ways that favor one’s current views and to seek out information consistent with them. Judgment and open-mindedness are the ingredients for stepping back and taking perspective. Open-mindedness does not mean indecision, and it does not mean uncritical tolerance of any and all points of view. Someone with this strength makes decisions and can feel strongly about certain courses of action. What marks good judgment is the consideration of other points of view, the gathering of relevant information, and the willingness to change one’s mind.