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Arguing for a Better World: How to talk about the issues that divide us

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While many of these forces are too deeply entrenched for individuals to spur meaningful reform, it’s still worth taking action, she notes, drawing on Kant’s concept of the categorical imperative, which suggests moral actions are those which could function beneficially if turned into universal rules. As you mention in your article, that requires courage and the willingness to show ourselves vulnerable. And she’s not afraid to challenge the key figures of the liberal establishment either – from Thom Yorke to JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie to Noam Chomsky. Arianne Shahvisi's book cuts through the noise with an eminently sensible discussion of key contemporary 'culture war' issues. One gets the distinct impression that her book will not go down well with those who seek to demonise migrants and those who talk of “citizens of nowhere”.

Well written and thoughtful, I highly recommend this book especially if you're a person who has been looking for a way to ease into a rather heavy subject. Durante o período de teste, é possível usufruir de todos os benefícios da assinatura de maneira gratuita. World Will Remain After Us: A Review of "absolute animal" by Rachel DeWoskin This collection of poems is set to a 2020 apocalyptic backdrop, but the frail thing at the center is our own hubris; the belief that we could be above the natural world despite being products of it is subject to all the frailties including the one shared by all beings, death. In Arguing for a Better World, philosopher Arianne Shahvisi shows us how to work through thorny moral questions by examining their parts in broad daylight, equipping us to not only identify our own positions but to defend them as well.Firmly grounded in the philosophical spirit of critical inquiry, this entry masterfully explores nuance without losing sight of its practical stance. Shahvisi attempts not ‘to be “objective” or “apolitical,” if such a thing were even possible,’ but to ‘make my reasoning clear enough that those who disagree with me will at least see where we part ways. Political and generational divides often dictate how questions such as these are answered, and when asked most people give automatic answers that roughly align with the broader position they believe is right - though many flounder when asked to detail their reasoning.

But living in echo chambers blunts our thinking, and if we can't persuade others, we have little hope of collectively bringing about change. This author equips everyone with basic tools to argue for social justice, provides basic answers to the most common challenges against social equality (explaining why it’s not sexist to say “Men are trash” or why it’s disingenuous to say “all lives matter” for example), and most importantly provides moral principles that illustrate the responsibility we as individuals have in tackling structural injustice.Desmond, who grew up in modest circumstances and suffered poverty in young adulthood, points to the deleterious effects of being poor—among countless others, the precarity of health care and housing (with no meaningful controls on rent), lack of transportation, the constant threat of losing one’s job due to illness, and the need to care for dependent children. Now, more than ever, we need more sophisticated, high resolution ways to pursue truthfulness, extract the essential value lying at the heart of different experiences and points of view, and synergize distributed wisdom to make smarter decisions together.

Arguably, to constructively engage in an argument, one must assume that the people we are arguing with possess some level of reasonableness. Which brings me to “Arguing for a Better World: How Philosophy Can Help Us Fight for Social Justice,” by British ethicist and philosopher Arianne Shahvisi. Clear writing and is helping me shape my often jumbled up feelings/thoughts regarding conversations around social justice and speaking points. Though conservative readers may part ways with the author, even they may be interested in the cogent analysis she provides. She argues you can never be sexist or racist to a man or a white person by discriminating against them based on gender or race, because being male or white is to be privileged.Gives progressives everything they need to defend their views in an increasingly polarized public sphere . Oppression, she helps us understand, is a “collective harm” that causes “long-term, widespread, predictable suffering, which, crucially, is preventable. Shahvisi makes a strong case for cultural change as regards male behaviour, for binning psychopathic blowhard leaders who celebrate and encourage violence. Drawing on Shahvisi's work as a philosopher, and using live controversies, well-known case studies, and personal anecdotes, this book reveals and analyses the power relations that shape our social world, and offers powerful ways to challenge them. The author describes current social issues and states her opinions but doesn't get to any solutions.

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