Arguing for Our Lives A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog

ISBN-10: 0872865738
ISBN-13: 9780872865730
Edition: 2013
Authors: Robert Jensen
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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 4/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 132
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

We live in a time when public discourse is more skewed than ever by the propaganda that big money can buy, with trust in the leadership of elected officials at an all-time low. The "news" has degenerated into sensationalist sound bites, and the idea of debate has become a polarized shouting match that precludes any meaningful discussion.It's also a time of anxiety, as we're faced with economic and ecological crises on a global scale, with stakes that seem higher than ever before. In times like these, it's essential that we be able to think and communicate clearly.In this lively primer on critical thinking, Robert Jensen attacks the problems head on and delivers an accessible and engaging book that explains how we can work collectively to enrich our intellectual lives. Drawing on more than two decades of classroom experience and community organizing, Jensen shares strategies on how to challenge "conventional wisdom" in order to courageously confront the crises of our times and offers a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into productive analysis that can inform constructive action.Jensen connects abstract ideas with the everyday political and spiritual struggles of ordinary people. Free of either academic or political jargon, this book is for anyone struggling to understand our world and contribute to making it a better place.Robert Jensenis a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

Introduction: The age of anxiety
In defense of intellectual life
Intellectual basics: Simple but not simplistic
Power basics: Political but more than politics
Thinking critically about politics
Thinking critically about religion
Thinking critically about news media
Thinking creatively: Paradoxes, metaphors, aphorisms
Thinking courageously: Reframing ourselves and our world
Conclusion: The age of anguish
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