[LISTEN] How to respond to views you disagree with during public debate

Ever wondered how you can handle and respond to views you disagree without being dismissive?

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to University of Cape Town (UCT) critical thinking lecturer Jacques Rousseau about two aspects of critical thinking which are responding to views we disagree with and examining the dangers of echo chambers.

Rousseau says charity and patience rather than snapping back at someone you disagree with are essential to conflict resolution in public debate.

When it comes to engaging with people you disagree with, it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game, McKaiser explains.

A lot of us who are trained in philosophy have regarded the psychology of changing people's beliefs as being about spotting flaws and telling people how they are wrong. We should start thinking about the philosophy of how we should change other people's minds and our minds.

Jacques Rousseau, Critical thinking lecturer - UCT

Listen below to the full conversation:


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