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Polarisation, Arrogance, and Dogmatism

Philosophical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Alessandra Tanesini, Michael P. Lynch


288 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Polarisation, intransigence and dogmatism in political and moral debate have in recent years threatened to overwhelm many Western-style democracies, where for centuries reasoned argument has been a hallmark feature of tackling disagreement. For many people, this marks a worrying deterioration in the moral and political climate, threatening to create a divisive environment of "us" versus "them".

In this superb collection a team of international contributors examine these pressing issues from a philosophical perspective. Topics explored include: the problem of "deep disagreements"; martial conceptions of argumentation and the motivation to argue to win; epistemic egocentrism; intellectual trust; bullshit and dogmatism, intellectual humility and the internet; epistemic and 'tribal' arrogance and authoritarianism; empathy and polarisation; epistemic rights violations.

Polarisation, Arrogance, and Dogmatism: Philosophical Perspectives will be of great interest to researchers in political philosophy, applied and social epistemology, ethics and feminist philosophy, as well as those working in politics, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction Alessandra Tanesini and Michael P. Lynch

Part 1: Argumentation, Bias and Arrogance

1. Reassessing different conceptions of argumentation Catarina Dutilh Novaes

2. Martial Metaphors and Argumentative Virtues and Vices Ian James Kidd

3. Arrogance and Deep Disagreement Aberdein, Andrew

4. Closed-mindedness and Arrogance Heather Battaly

Part 2: Trust, Dogmatism and Arrogance in social contexts

5. Intellectual Trust and the Marketplace of Ideas Allan Hazlett

6. Is Searching the Internet Making Us Intellectually Arrogant? J. Adam Carter and Emma C. Gordon

7. Intellectual Humility and the Curse of Knowledge Michael Hannon

8. Bullshit and Dogmatism: A Discourse Analytical Perspective Chris Heffer

Part 3: Polarisation

9. Polarization and the Problem of Spreading Arrogance Michael P. Lynch

10. Arrogance, Polarization and Arguing to Win Alessandra Tanesini

11. Partisanship, Humility, and Epistemic Polarization Thomas Nadelhoffer, Rose Graves, Gus Skorburg, Mark Leary, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

12. Science Denial, Polarization, and Arrogance Lee McIntyre

13. The Polarization Toolkit Quassim Cassam

14. Epistemic Rights in a Polarized World: the Right to Know and the Abortion Debate Lani Watson.


About the Editors

Alessandra Tanesini is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK.

Michael P. Lynch is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, USA.

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