ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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In Praise of Doubt

Society may be better able to deal with differences if individuals hold their values lightly and think of morality not as a set of ideas, but attitudes and processes.

Nationally and globally, we are experiencing a climate of ideological polarisation and the building up of identity around polarised views: religious, economic and political. The inevitable consequence of this process is conflict and violence in social groups at multiple levels. These are fundamental human tendencies and, in daily social life, we tend to either amplify them or mask them, pretending that life is proceeding normally.

How can we instead pause, and try and look impartially at the psychological and social processes that are potentially so explosive and that can cause human suffering on such a vast scale? What role must education take on in order to investigate and understand ideology and its emotional and social consequences?

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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