Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon presents a groundbreaking reconceptualization of critical thinking theory. Drawing on pragmatic, feminist, and postmodern philosophies, this richly detailed volume presents an overview of the history of critical thinking and identifies its major theorists. Thayer-Bacon critiques how critical thinking is conceptualized and applied in classrooms and offers a newly delineated platform for how women and feminist theorists, as well as men, can engage in what she calls "constructive thinking." Her proposals are not only timely, they are also original. This book is a vital addition to the discourse and debates about critical thinking theory.