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The Limitations of the Open Mind

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2018.09.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeremy Fantl, The Limitations of the Open Mind, Oxford University Press, 2018, 229pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198807957. Reviewed by Jonathan Matheson, University of North Florida This book is a provocative and timely piece of philosophy that engages a host of debates in epistemology, argumentative theory, and ethics. The book has two parts, one primarily epistemological and one broadly ethical. In the first, Jeremy Fantl examines the concepts of open-mindedness and close-mindedness, and argues that individuals can retain knowledge even when confronted with counterarguments that they spend significant time with, find compelling, and with which they are unable to expose any flaw. In the book's second half, Fantl examines the moral and political consequences of this epistemological conclusion. If one can retain knowledge in such situations, he argues, then one shouldn't engage with such counterarguments --. . .

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