On 6-7 November 2017 we will host an international conference designed to bring together speakers from philosophy and psychology to explore arrogance, dogmatism and close-mindedness in debate. More details and call for participation to follow.
By Manuela Wagner and Michael Byram The late Paddy Ashdown, British politician and diplomat, emphasized in 2012 “In the modern age, where everything is connected to everything, the most important thing about what you can do is what you can do with others.” (2012 https://www.youtube.com/watchtime_continue=960&v=zuAj2F54bdo ). In 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global
Rising nationalism and nativism around the world generate a toxic brew of arrogance and xenophobia that pits people against one another in often frightening ways. Understanding some discursive mechanisms that undermine our capacities to respond to these forces might help.
I am an atheist. That is, I believe that God does not exist. I don’t make a point of telling people this (except when I’m writing a philosophical piece like this), but when I do tell people this, I get strong, often accusing reactions. People challenge my moral character (“So you don’t believe in right