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"In Defense of Prejudice"
A discussion on Jonathan Rauch's ideas in his essay "In Defense of Prejudice".
# 136927 | 750 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Sociology (General) , Literature (General)

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The paper looks at how Jonathan Rauch, in his essay "In Defense of Prejudice," gives that view that we cannot and should not attempt to contain bigoted speech. Instead, the paper explains Rauch's view that we should allow ideas to compete freely since this is the only way in which we can have an intellectual advancement. The paper argues that in a pluralistic society we must accept that there will be unpopular ideas, and to attempt to regulate these ideas is "purism" and is doomed to failure.

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""The genius of intellectual pluralism lies in not doing away with prejudices and dogmas but in channeling them-making them socially productive by pitting prejudice against prejudice and dogma against dogma, exposing all to withering public criticism. What survives at the end of the day is our base of knowledge." - Jonathan Rauch. In his essay "In Defense of Prejudice" Jonathan Rauch does not "defend" bigotry or hate speech, but makes the argument that instead of trying to eliminate it we must accept the existence of unpopular opinions as a necessary part of a free society. To have cultural "pluralism" we must..."

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