Saturday, September 27, 2008

Let's not lose faith in debates

[I would like to add a nuance to the last item mentioned in the previous comment. Online discussions are not generally favorable to nuanced positions, especially when they take the form of a debate, in which positions become polarized and the rhetoric become largely polemical. by Rich on Thu 25 Sep 2008 02:13 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link Re: Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism (a speech by Peter Heehs: Hyderabad 2006)]

[In fact if there is such a huff about Peters book rather than be part of conspiracies to have him ejected from the Ashram, and in these conspiracies refer to him a madman, or a charlatan, before descending to the infra-rational why dont everyone like "reasonable folks" (and I know many in the IY disparge reason) who live in a democracy which promotes freedom of expression (all values that by the way Sri Aurobindo championed) just schedule a series of debates or open forums that can open a dialog of the matters which are controversial I would suggest it best be done in at some neutral place like a Centre here, but would open this forum to such honest debates which dont resort to hurling invectives.
by Rich on Fri 26 Sep 2008 10:42 AM PDT
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[In any case in the realm of reason we can keep debating and every position can be argued and counter argued. There can be endless argumentation. One cannot arrive at indisputable truth through it. I am sure you can take another position and hold your own. One can take a position and plead plausibly for it. My arriving at this conclusion is not just through the rational process and contents as stated above but just an inner queasy feeling in the solar plexus upon reading many such excerpts. Ofcourse this is subjective and I could be wrong but not anymore than you could be. That is in my opinion not decided by a debate. by Vikas on Fri 26 Sep 2008 04:31 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link Re: Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism (a speech by Peter Heehs: Hyderabad 2006)]

[Is a learning process only necessary on the side of religious traditionalism and not on that of secularism, too? Both religious and secular mentalities must be open to a complementary learning process if we are to balance shared citizenship and cultural difference. By Jürgen Habermas 4:16 PM]

Let's not lose faith in reasoned debates. That is the Parliamentary method and also the crux of Communicative action. [TNM]

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