Disagreement , Dogmatism , and Belief Polarization

  title={Disagreement , Dogmatism , and Belief Polarization},
  author={Thomas B Kelly},
Consider the phenomenon of belief polarization. Suppose that two individuals—let’s call them ‘You’ and ‘I’--disagree about some non-straightforward matter of fact: say, about whether capital punishment tends to have a deterrent effect on the commission of murder. Although neither of us is certain of his or her view, I believe that capital punishment is a deterrent while You believe that it is not. Perhaps one or both of us has evidence for his or her view. Or perhaps we hold our views on the… CONTINUE READING

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