Arguing for Our Lives
A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog
Robert Jensen's book is excerpted on Rabble
"The universe is an undifferentiated whole. About that we can say nothing more."
This catchy aphorism from political philosopher Bruce Wright may seem nonsensical at first glance, but is worth exploring in the service of deepening our intellectual humility. Facing multiple, cascading ecological crises, we humans need science more than ever—and more than ever we need to understand the limits of science. . . .
May 2, 2013
An excerpt from Arguing for Our Lives appears on Truthout.
"Politicians and pundits, on all sides, are quick to suggest that opponents are 'blinded by ideology'; competing proposals that have been successfully tagged as excessively ideological are easy to dismiss as being impractical. But the accusation begs a question: Does ideology always undermine our ability to understand the world? . . . "
Apr 17, 2013
"Interview with Robert Jensen by Dustin Hall"
An audio interview with Dr. Robert Jensen – author, activist and professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
In this wide-ranging interview, Jensen discusses his views on U.S. foreign policy, criticism that he is "anti-American," his religious beliefs as a Christian-atheist, the line between teaching and activism, and finding sources of hope in troubled times.
Feb 26, 2013
"Rationally Speaking, We Are All Apocalyptic Now"
-Robert Jensen, Truthout Op-Ed
If we are rational and consider objective scientific evidence of environmental collapse including groundwater depletion, topsoil loss, chemical contamination, ocean dead zones, species extinction, bio-diversity reduction and climate disruption, we need to be apocalypticists, argues Robert Jensen.
Feb 8, 2013
"The First Rule of Good Teaching"
-Robert Jensen, Counterpunch
Robert Jensen discusses the idea of living your life honestly in front of students as key to good teaching.
Jan 2, 2013
"Put religion and politics on Thanksgiving menu"
-Robert Jensen, USA Today
Robert Jensen discusses table conversation at Thanksgiving time, encouraging us to have thoughtful discussions about religion and politics no matter how hard that may seem.
Nov 22, 2012