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What is Viewpoint Diversity?

Viewpoint diversity is the ability to seek out multiple perspectives in order to learn from as many sides as possible. 

  • If everyone is in agreement on an issue, without any opposing view, little can be learned. As John Stuart Mill put it: “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.” 

 

  • One of the benefits of viewpoint diversity is it allows us to learn the strongest arguments on the opposite side of the argument one is making — and view one’s case from the opponent’s point of view — in order to strengthen one’s case and craft strong rebuttals.

 

  • Viewpoint diversity is essential to a thriving democracy; dictators do not like viewpoint diversity.

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Viewpoint Diversity Resources

Look here for articles, studies, speeches, and other resources that give you more information about our core values of free speech, intellectual humility, critical thinking, and viewpoint diversity. 

Viewpoint Diversity

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