The Right to Disagree

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just disagree with someone because you feel like it. Disagreement is not a fundamental human right (although it certainly seems to be a fundamental human condition) - you have to earn the right to disagree with someone’s position. How do you earn the right to disagree? In “How to Read a Book” Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren share a great algorithm of thought to figure out whether you’re allowed to disagree with a position or not and what exactly your disagreement is.

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