Have philosophy professors been neglecting half of their discipline? Jennifer M Morton, professor of philosophy at City College New York, argues that in addition to critical thinking, philosophy should be thought of as teaching "constructive imagination."
Her article is a little wordy, and I'm not sure she sufficiently expounds and expands upon the promise of this notion, but it is indeed promising. I sense a new movement just around the corner for "Constructive Imagination" in liberal arts courses. Just please, could we avoid the frenzied use of buzzwords and self-congratulatory smarm, this one time? Morton's idea is too important to be gradually smothered through the usual academic mechanisms and machinations.