agreement and disagreement 3

honest understanding

From: at
Date: Wed Mar 3, 2004 1:32 pm
Subject: honest understanding

[from agreement and disagreement 3:]

Patrick:

Instead of another human being honestly trying to understand the other I find myself facing a "thrust and parry" dialectician.

Peter Staudenmaier:

I think that is a good way to conduct public discussion on controversial topics.

Daniel:
So honest understanding is not a desirable goal when bandying about opinions on controversial topics?

Daniel Hindes

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From: at
Date: Thu Mar 4, 2004 6:02 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] honest understanding

Patrick once wrote:

Instead of another human being honestly trying to understand the other I find myself facing a "thrust and parry" dialectician.

Peter Staudenmaier answered:

I think that is a good way to conduct public discussion on controversial topics.

Daniel jumped in:

So honest understanding is not a desirable goal when bandying about opinions on controversial topics?

Peter Staudenmaier responded:

No, that is not my position. It's the "instead of" part of Patrick's line that I do not accept. I think that making and assessing arguments is a crucial part of honest understanding, not a distraction from it.

Daniel:

So here you say: "Making and assessing arguments is a crucial part of honest understanding." I notice that you have carefully avoided actually claiming that you yourself are attempting to form an honest understanding. In the last post of yours I responded to you suggested that an honest understanding is not achievable on philosophical grounds.

Daniel Hindes

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