Believe Your Truth

Wed, Mar 16

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, you will:

  1. Understand the background context, and substance, of Mill's argument for robust, unfettered, open disagreement
  2. Reflect on the proper influence of individual backgrounds and starting points in belief formation
  3. Form your own view on the proper (epistemic) response to disagreement and diversity of beliefs.

Read This:


Interactive Essay: John Stuart Mill's On Liberty

APPLICATION TEXT (Access on "Perusall" via Canvas):

Democracy Requires Disagreement

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?
  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?

After you've finished today's reading, make sure you complete the reading quiz, which you can access through your section's Canvas page.

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