/Theory
23 08, 2019

Arguing Dialectically about Abortion

By |2019-08-23T18:49:36+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Practice, Theory|0 Comments

How do we talk about abortion? How do we make arguments about a topic that evokes such strong reactions? In opposing articles, Nathan Nobis and Kristina Grob and Hendrick van der Breggen, approach the issue dialectically. One approach is to think dialectically--to critically examine arguments pro or con, in order to uncover the assumptions and grounds they rest on, and develop new arguments that respond to the faults we find in our prior positions.

23 08, 2019

Untangling popular “pro-choice” claims and arguments concerning abortion

By |2019-09-20T00:03:38+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Practice, Theory|1 Comment

I favor the pro-life position on the abortion issue, all the while realizing that many good and decent people disagree with me. Why do they disagree? It seems they are influenced by popular claims and arguments favoring the pro-choice view. I intend no disrespect to anyone in saying this, but I think that many popular claims and arguments favoring the choice for abortion consist of knots of illogic that should be untangled.

23 08, 2019

Philosophical Arguments for Abortion

By |2019-09-20T00:03:55+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Practice, Theory|0 Comments

Arguments for ethical and legal conclusions on the topic of abortion are often pursued dialectically, with positive arguments developed in response to contrary positions and objections. Many people say they just “feel” that abortion is wrong or their “opinion” is that it’s not wrong. But complex issues require informed, fair and honest critical thinking, not just mere “feelings” or “opinions.”

25 07, 2019

Freud, Woodstock, and Crowd Behavior

By |2019-08-08T14:38:37+00:00July 25th, 2019|Arts & Letters, Theory|0 Comments

When you have a master or a leader, there’s always another master somewhere fighting them off or trying to contest them. The masters of other people can look pretty annoying to you, if not contemptible, irrelevant, reprehensible. I think about Beatlemania, where people were just horrified — What the hell is going on? These four guys with weird floppy haircuts. Or with Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, or any of the other rock stars. The disgust and terror that people have that others are caught up.

19 06, 2019

Finding Truth: Thinking Critically Through the Campaigns

By |2019-07-11T14:27:10+00:00June 19th, 2019|Practice, Theory|0 Comments

Knowing whether our beliefs are true or false is a question of the greatest difficulty—in democratic elections it can mean the difference between war and peace. Here is a theory of truth, along with eight concrete and practical ways to cut through the bullshit and understand political language better.

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