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The Limitations of the Open Mind

Jeremy Fantl

Abstract

When should you engage with difficult arguments against your cherished controversial beliefs? The primary conclusion of this book is that your obligations to engage with counterarguments are more limited than is often thought. In some standard situations, you shouldn’t engage with difficult counterarguments and, if you do, you shouldn’t engage with them open-mindedly. This conclusion runs counter to aspects of the Millian political tradition and political liberalism, as well as some of the informal logic literature on argumentation. Not all misleading arguments wear their flaws on their sleeve ... More

Keywords: knowledge, open-mindedness, argumentation, expertise, disagreement, Mill, informal logic, political liberalism, academic speakers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807957.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Fantl, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Calgary