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The philosophical viewpoints behind the heated social and political debates are usually more interesting and much more fruitful since these motivate and inform the particular positions we take on issues. Sometimes you just can't make any progress without understanding the background someone is working from.
Scott Klusendorf at Life Training Institute responds to a comment left on a post of mine Wednesday To some extent, the commentator's response to my post are off point because I think he misunderstood the work the response is intended to do.
One of the things that interests me about debate and disagreement is trying to understand and analyze where the disagreement is. Sometimes we seem to be talking past each other because we don't take a careful look at this. Often there is agreement on what we value, but disagreement in how we think it's best accomplished. I often think that if we recognized that we actually do agree on underlying values that our discussions and disagreement would be more fruitful and charitable.
Charles Krauthammer writes an excellent defense of certainty in the
The LA Times features a classic example of postmodern storytelling on its front page Column One today. George Tiller, who specializes in late-term abortion (even on fetuses at 38 weeks gestation, according to his website), is cast as the hero saving families from the difficulties of caring for children with Down Syndrome or anomalies that will cause them to die soon after birth.