Date of Award
Master of Arts
Nora Berenstain, J. Clerk Shaw, Jon Garthoff
We often encounter persons who hold unreasonable beliefs. I explore how respect informs our response to these persons. I conclude that we ought to be willing or disposed to engage in rational discussion sometimes and to some extent with persons who hold unreasonable beliefs as a way of recognizing and respecting their rational nature. I describe what the duty of rational engagement looks like in practice and apply the duty to individual cases. I then explore various considerations, including the consideration of self-respect, that influence whether we have reason to engage and how we should respond in different cases.
Williams, Elizabeth Cargile, "Rational Engagement as a Way of Showing Respect to Oneself and Others: How We Ought to Respond to Persons Who Hold Unreasonable Beliefs. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2017.