Believe Your Truth

Mon, Oct 14

What role does disagreement play in the good life?  What does it mean to respect the perspectives and evidence of people who disagree with you?  And how worried should we be about forming moral beliefs, political beliefs, or philosophical beliefs in an "echo chamber"?  In this class, we'll be considering the relationship between rationality, disagreement, and respect.  By the end of class:

  1. You will understand the impact of echo chambers and filter bubbles on personal pursuits of the good life and in common political life.
  2. You will reflect on the proper influence of individual backgrounds and starting points in belief formation.
  3. You will reflect on the proper rational response to disagreement and diversity of beliefs.

Read This:

PHILOSOPHICAL TEXT:

Interactive Essay: John Stuart Mill's On Liberty

APPLICATION TEXT:

Escape the Echo Chamber (Aeon)

Do This:

Complete the following reading reflection questions in your GGL Journal:

  1. When, if ever, is disagreement (diversity of opinion) a good thing?  If it is good, when and why?  If it isn't ever good, why?  Include evidence from the texts or passages that back up your argument.
  2. Is there anything you believe "just because" of your starting points or your personal echo chambers/filter bubbles? How should you feel about that?

Watch This: