The Virtues of Political Disagreement: Why we need many stories

“In seeking to solve problems, homogeneous groups look at things in the same way and agree on the way forward; that works nicely until they get caught at some difficult part of the problem, in which case often no one can see the next step. Seeing the problem in the same way, they hit the same wall.”

“In contrast, in diverse groups people understand, and so approach, problems in different ways, so they get stuck at different points. In this case where one perspective gets stuck, another is apt to see a way forward.”

– excerpt from a New York Times interview with Jerry Gaus professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona. He is  also the author of “The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bounded World.”


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