This lecture will follow a read-ahead format. It is expected that participants come having read the paper in advance. Prof. Paul will provide a short summary of the paper, and then we will launch directly into the Q&A period.
A commitment to truth requires that you are open to receiving new evidence even if that evidence contradicts your current beliefs. You should be open to changing your mind. However, this truism gives rise to the paradox of empathy. The paradox arises with the possibility of mental corruption through transformative change, and has consequences for how we should understand tolerance, disagreement, and the ability to have an open mind. I close with a discussion of how understanding this paradox provides a new explanation for a certain kind of standoff between the believer and the skeptic with regard to religious belief.
Topic: 10/02: Harvard Review of Philosophy Colloquium Lecture: L. A. Paul (Yale)
Time: Oct 2, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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