I understand “critical thinking” as a process of reconstruction that leads us to think about why we think what we think, why we like what we like, and why we don’t like what we don’t like. Meaning that I understand critical thinking as a process of thinking and not so much a thought that has been thought. It would, therefore, be thinking that’s not predetermined but that is self-reflective.
I approached this concept of critical thinking from my activity as a literary critic after realizing that the principal moment of reading a book is paradoxically extra-textual. It was about reflecting on the path that led me to this specific book, or vice versa, discovering that this path was already an utterly important element of the reading process.