Don't Block the Exits

In J. P. Messina (ed.), New Directions in the Ethics and Politics of Speech. Routledge. pp. 50-60 (2022)
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Abstract

In contemporary political discussions, it is depressingly common to see people criticized for expressing impure beliefs. Moreover, those who sometimes defect from their tribe are criticized for failing to be firmly enough on the side of the angels. We consider explanations for this behavior, including its relationship to moral grandstanding. We will also argue, on both moral and epistemic grounds, in favor of a norm against “blocking the exits.” We should not use social pressure to discourage people from publicly changing their minds.

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Justin Tosi
Texas Tech University
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Bowling Green State University

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