THE Review

Catarina Dutilh Novaes reviews Timothy Williamson’s book: an investigation of the merits and limits of rational debate.

Disagreement in debates and discussions is an interesting phenomenon. On the one hand, having to justify one’s views to those who disagree is perhaps one of the best ways to induce a critical re-evaluation of these views. On the other hand, it is far from clear that a clash of opinions will eventually lead to a consensus in which the parties come to hold better views than the ones they held before. This is one of the promises of rational discourse, but one that is all too often not delivered. What to do in situations of discursive deadlock?


Tetralogue: I’m Right, You’re Wrong, by Timothy Williamson | Books | Times Higher Education.

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  1. Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not some influence upon the actions of him who holds it. He who truly believes that which prompts him to an action has looked upon the action to lust after it, he has committed it already in his heart. If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds, it is stored up for the guidance of the future. It goes to make a part of that aggregate of beliefs which is the link between sensation and action at every moment of all our lives, and which is so organized and compacted together that no part of it can be isolated from the rest, but every new addition modifies the structure of the whole. No real belief, however trifling and fragmentary it may seem, is ever truly insignificant; it prepares us to receive more of its like, confirms those which resembled it before, and weakens others; and so gradually it lays a stealthy train in our inmost thoughts, which may some day explode into overt action, and leave its stamp upon our character for ever.
    And no one man’s belief is in any case a private matter which concerns himself alone.

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