On Dissent: Bertrand Russell's Eighth Commandment for Teaching

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:27pm
On Dissent: Bertrand Russell's Eighth Commandment for Teaching

The eighth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on intelligent dissent.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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(8) Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.


~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."

See Russell's Seventh Commandment.

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