While discussing with some liberal conservatives, their arguments were that human beings are irrational by nature, and that ‘spontaneous’ order (coming from the seemingly irrational actions of individuals in the society) can overtime lead to rational/good outcomes, such as our great liberal institutions, or some legitimate/good traditions. The second argument is factually incorrect.
The fact that we must acknowledge and take advantage of human irrationality does not go in contradiction with the need to humanistically (without the use of force, but via education, debates and scientific research) tackling human irrationality.
The world can only be better, not worse, with humans being more, not less, rational!!
I’m not sure what a “liberal conservative” is, it could be just about anyone.
I have mostly focused my studies on the history of the philosophy of religion. That has been a long process of taming the institutions that were based on irrational ideas and justified inhumane policies. Some argue that despite the problems, great things came out of those institutions, like art and architecture. IMO, those would have happened without witch burning.
I don’t remember who it was attributed to, but someone pointed out that we are at a point in human development where we need to let the ideas flow. That is more voices, even the ones that don’t seem so great, are better than a few voices that are determined to be smarter or more rational or whatever criteria. Once the ideas are out we can consider them, and then work on making rational choices.
I am very interested in those issues. Hope we will have the opportunity to discuss about them.
Extremely important point to make and repeat indeed. Thank you.
(But that doesn’t mean we should not be able to have debates: disagree and express our disagreement with other people’s idea! Not for relativism here.)
The paradox of tolerance states that if a society’s practice of tolerance is inclusive of the intolerant, intolerance will ultimately dominate, eliminating the tolerant and the practice of tolerance with them. Karl Popper described it as the seemingly self-contradictory idea that, in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must retain the right to be intolerant of intolerance.
No. We should encourage innovation, new ideas, not speculation.
Speculation, bad science, pseudo-science, hurt people, even science itself.
Scientific racism, for instance, which is a pseudo-science, killed millions of people, and seriously decribilized science.
I noticed in the OP, the wiki link to the definition of liberal conservative.
That page starts with:
“Not to be confused with Conservative liberalism or Libertarian conservatism.”
I respect those who can keep all such labels clear in their mind. I am not one of those people.
While I am not proud of my limitations, I must say that labels like these make me think, “This just isn’t worth it.” I often felt this way in courses in philosophy. While I respect those who can keep a seemingly infinite number of labels straight in their head, I just hope those people can forgive my limitations.
Besides, categorization is an extremely pervasive exercize in science, for all its history. And it helps to build knowledge (it permits to dive into the very features of the members of the categories, in order to classify these members according to their common features), and transmit knowledge (categories are a useful pedagogical tool).
Easily 22 general categories, this guy below came up with 26.
One of the many things that always fascinated during my carpentry and handyman days was how many different types of screws there were, and I keep seeing new kinds, and danged, if there isn’t a good reason, application, for each of 'em.