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DUET
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:07:36 PM
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What readers most commonly remember about John Stuart Mill’s classic exploration of the liberty of thought and discussion concerns the danger of complacency: in the absence of challenge, one’s opinions, even when they arecorrect, grow weak and flabby. Yet Mill had another reason for encouraging the liberty of thought and discussion: the danger of partiality and incompleteness. Since one’s opinions, even under the best circumstances, tend to embrace only a portion of the truth, and because opinions opposed to one’s own rarely turn out to be completely erroneous, it is crucial to supplement one’s opinions with alternative points of view.


I don't understand the logic underlying the bold sentence. Could someone please help me here?
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:31:57 PM

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DUET wrote:
What readers most commonly remember about John Stuart Mill’s classic exploration of the liberty of thought and discussion concerns the danger of complacency: in the absence of challenge, one’s opinions, even when they arecorrect, grow weak and flabby. Yet Mill had another reason for encouraging the liberty of thought and discussion: the danger of partiality and incompleteness. Since one’s opinions, even under the best circumstances, tend to embrace only a portion of the truth, and because opinions opposed to one’s own rarely turn out to be completely erroneous, it is crucial to supplement one’s opinions with alternative points of view.


I don't understand the logic underlying the bold sentence. Could someone please help me here?


It is basically saying that a person cannot possibly know, or consider, every possiblility when forming an opinion.

Therefore, it is good to listen to other opinions which can often provide facts, information, or points of view that have not been considered, adding any that can improve the opinion.
Haz
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:37:20 PM

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Sort of like 'devil's advocate'.

It is good to hear challenges to your beliefs and presumptions as, if they are solid, they will stand against any attack. If not, the challenge may strengthen the foundations!
Mr Epstein
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:44:03 PM

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I totally agree with Foudit. The last part of the bold statement is a bit of a cop out though, the writer seems to imply that one needs to continually learn, ponder and attempt to understand ones critics each day. Well duh. We all try to learn something each day, even if we aren't trying too.
Thotsaporn Mo
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I agree with FounDit.
MechPebbles
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:31:10 AM

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Yes, FounDit has the meaning, the sense and the context right.
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