The London Lectures: Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad - Agreeing to Disagree: Do Rules on Debate from Classical India Help Us With Dissent and Norms Today?
We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.
How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge
Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.
Agreeing to Disagree: Do Rules on Debate from Classical India Help Us With Dissent and Norms Today?
In a deeply pluralistic society, thinkers in classical India developed ways of inquiry and means of knowing that could be debated according to only those commitments one shared with one's opponents. This implicitly acknowledged a tradition of dissent that challenged even the notion of shared commitments. Such a model may help to analyse modern society's rather different history of social knowledge.
Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is a Fellow of the British Academy and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University. His most recent book is Human Being, Bodily Being: Phenomenology from Classical India, Oxford University Press.
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