Arguing for a Better World: How to talk about the issues that divide us

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Arguing for a Better World: How to talk about the issues that divide us

Arguing for a Better World: How to talk about the issues that divide us

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Shahvisi revels in provocation and yet worries about being cancelled herself, given her strong opinions. Too often I have been sidetracked and taken aback with 'Whataboutery" and now I can name it and be better equipped to deal with it. The author describes current social issues and states her opinions but doesn't get to any solutions.

In this incisive debut, Shahvisi, a senior ethics lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex medical school, contends that philosophy “can help us to uncover and confront” ideology that underlies various forms of disempowerment and oppression.Furthermore, so many full-time jobs are being recast as contracted, fire-at-will gigs, “not a break from the norm as much as an extension of it, a continuation of corporations finding new ways to limit their obligations to workers. Oppression, she helps us understand, is a “collective harm” that causes “long-term, widespread, predictable suffering, which, crucially, is preventable. This author equips everyone with basic tools to argue for social justice, provides basic answers to the most common challenges against social equality (explaining why it’s not sexist to say “Men are trash” or why it’s disingenuous to say “all lives matter” for example), and most importantly provides moral principles that illustrate the responsibility we as individuals have in tackling structural injustice.

Shahvisi makes a strong case for cultural change as regards male behaviour, for binning psychopathic blowhard leaders who celebrate and encourage violence. Madhubuti on "Taught By Women" "Taught by Women" is a culmination of my saying to all these women, … thank you, that you did not do this for me, you did this for us, you did it for the nation. We’ve got the most informed readers in Scotland, asking each other the big questions about the future of our country.Arianne Shahvisi gives voice to some of the questions that people feel afraid to voice or challenge such as ‘can you be racist towards a white person’.

Arianne will be joined in conversation by Professor Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at BSMS, for readings from the book and a discussion on some of the topics. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Her epigraph comes from Adorno and it’s a doozy: “The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying glass. Trauma as Translation: A Review of Before All the World by Moriel Rothman-Zecher Set in 1930s Philadelphia, Rothman-Zecher’s follow up to "Sadness is a White Bird" tells the story of Leyb, a young Jewish immigrant who was one of the only survivors of a vicious pogrom. But living in echo chambers blunts our thinking, and if we can't persuade others, we have little hope of collectively bringing about change. Many people give kneejerk answers that roughly align with their broader belief system, but flounder when asked for their reasoning, leading to a conversational stalemate—especially when faced with a political, generational, or cultural divide.

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