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from the editors in this issue The world does seem to be divided into lumpers and splitters-those determined to find common features shared by things nor- mally considered disparate, and those who take delight in drawing distinctions between things ordinarily grouped together. Some theorists are inclined to lump informal logic and critical thinking together; others think they should be split apart. For purposes of strict theoretical fidelity, we need to get the lumps and the splits right, and if informal logic and critical thinking belong in two separate fields, then so be it. But for purposes of intellectual nourishment and cross- fertilization, we think it best to place the two of them in the same forum, without worry- ing too much about theoretical purity. Cer- tainly that is the editorial policy of this jour- nal, regardless of its current name. . All of this is both to make a general pomt, and to introduce the articles gathered by serendipity into this issue-three by title on critical thinking, and the fourth by content at home in critical thinking. Mark Weinstein offers a wide theoretical perspective in which to situate critical think- ing. He is after The Big Picture. Tziporah Kasachkoff gives a critique of some standard analyses, plus her recommended revisions, of a couple of concepts situated centrally in the field: explaining and justifying. Her aim is to Correct the Conceptual Map. Karen Warren questions some assumptions of critical think- ing from a feminist perspective. Her objec- tive is to Correct the Conceptual Focus. And Arthur Millman takes the widespread conten- tion that attitudes are essential to critical think- ing and tries to give it more substance than it has sometimes received. His project is to Fill in the Details. The Reply in this issue by Roderick Girle is his response to Seale Doss's critique of for- mal logic in his article, "Three Steps Toward a Theory of Informal Logic," in Vol. VII, Nos. 2&3 (Spring and Fall 1985), 12

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