Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Critical thinking

 is possible only where the standpoints of all others are open to inspection. Hence, critical thinking, while still a solitary business, does not cut itself off from ‘all others.’ To be sure, it still goes on in isolation, but by the force of imagination it makes the others present and thus moves in a space that is potentially public, open to all sides; in other words, it adopts the position of Kant’s world citizen. To think with an enlarged mentality means that one trains one’s imagination to go visiting."

-- Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy

1 Comments:

At 2:53 AM EDT, Anonymous Migreli said...

It is rare to come across written advocacy that accords proper weight to opposing views, and treats them with the same respect that the author gives to his own opinions. Yet it is the most reliable sign of an author's sincere commitment to determine the truth.

 

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