Fear of Controversy (Talk at LAU Philosophy Club)

Is engaging in debate with someone a concession that they may have a point? When it comes to positions one adamantly rejects—misogyny or climate denialism, for example—is disagreeing enough, or is it necessary to dismiss and avoid them completely? A willingness to argue with adversaries is often looked at with suspicion—as though it indicated a lack of ideological conviction. I will explain that this suspicion rests on a misunderstanding of disagreement in the culture at large and in social epistemology.

What is the significance of disagreement? (Talk given at American University of Beirut)

The end of the world will be ruled by the same people that ended it.