Arguing for Our Lives

Arguing for Our Lives
A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog




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"Sonali Kolhotkar at KPFK's Uprising interviews Robert Jensen"

University of Texas Journalism Professor Robert Jensen has written a book called Arguing for Our Lives: A User's Guide to Constructive Dialog. In it he challenges us to use our human faculties of critical thinking on such important issues as politics, religion, the media, and more.

-Uprising Radio Nov 7, 2013

"Terror v. Surveillance? Keeping Americans safe in two simple steps"

"In the frenzy over Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about government data-mining surveillance, public officials and pundits have tried to lock us into a narrowly defined and diversionary discussion that ignores the most important question we face about terrorism. . . . "

-Robert Jensen/ Occupy.com Jun 24, 2013

"Robert Jensen discusses "Avoiding false alternatives," an essay adapted from the new book Arguing for Our Lives"

"If a healthy political culture is rooted in conversation and based on honest argumentation, then one of the most corrosive rhetorical tactics is the use of false alternatives. An argument based on false alternatives keeps people from considering the full range of relevant possibilities. Typically, this involves presenting an issue as if there are two - and only two - possible courses of action, one of which is unattractive for practical and/or moral reasons. An argument from false alternatives also routinely builds into its claim one or more assumptions that could be challenged. . . . "

-Robert Jensen, Truthout Jun 15, 2013

"Robert Jensen on Prn.FM and Sirius XM Radio"

Robert Jensen discusses "Getting Apocalypitic," an article he wrote for Yes!Magazine. 

-Mike Feder, Prn.FM and Sirius XM Radio May 30, 2013

"Robert Jensen Interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer"

"A potent attack on the rabid, irrational saber-rattling that passes for political and social discourse today, Arguing for Our Lives is a cogent, closely argued, sober, yet passionate call for ordinary men and women to help save our democracy by reclaiming our intellect, by honing our powers of rational argumentation."

-Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer May 28, 2013

"Robert Jensen on 'Getting Apocalyptic' "

Read Robert Jensen's article, "Get Apocalyptic" about turning despair into action in the face of life in a broken economy on a strained planet. 

-Robert Jensen, Yes! Magazine May 24, 2013

Robert Jensen on Ken Rose's KOWS show "What Now."

Robert Jensen discusses his new book on Ken Rose's KOWS show "What Now."

-Ken Rose, KOWS May 13, 2013

"Robert Jensen on Thorne Dreyer's KOOP show "Rag Radio." "

Robert Jensen discusses his new book on Thorne Dreyer's KOOP show "Rag Radio."

-Thorne Dreyer, KOOP May 10, 2013

"Interview with Robert Jensen on the University of Texas's blog"

Robert Jensen discusses his new book.

-Laura Byerley, ShelfLife@Texas May 8, 2013

"Robert Jensen on Deb Hobson's KOPN show"

Robert Jensen discusses his new book on Deb Hobson's KOPN show "Chautauqua."

-Deb Hobson, KOPN

"Robert Jensen on Mitchell Szczepanczyk's WLUW show"

Robert Jensen discusses his new book on Mitchell Szczepanczyk's WLUW show "From the Trenches."

-Mitchell Szczepanczyk, WLUW May 3, 2013

"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. . . .

-Rabble May 2, 2013

"Robert Jensen on UTNE Reader"

Robert Jensen shows how critical thought and constructive dialogue are the necessary tools to claiming a social sphere working for the public interest. 

-Robert Jensen, UTNE Reader May 1, 2013

"Video of Robert Jensen discussing Arguing for Our Lives at Austin's Bookpeople Bookstore"

Over 100 people came out to celebrate the publication of Robert Jensen's latest book, Arguing for Our Lives.

-Jeff Zavala, Blip Apr 29, 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? . . . "

-TruthOut Apr 17, 2013

"Robert Jensen on Barry Seidman's WBAI show "Equal Time for Freethought." "

Robert Jensen is interviewed on Barry Seidman's WBAI show "Equal Time for Freethought" about his book, Arguing for our Lives

-Barry Seidman, WBAI Mar 30, 2013

"Robert Jensen Oped in the Austin American Statesman, 'Important truths behind an anti-war slogan'"

On the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq, Robert Jensen investigates the truths behind the anti-war slogan "No blood for oil."  Jensen's latest book is Arguing for Our Lives, just published by City Lights.

-Robert Jensen, American Statesman Mar 16, 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.

-Dustin Hall Feb 26, 2013

"Rationally Speaking, We Are All Apocalyptic Now"

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.

-Robert Jensen, Truthout Op-Ed Feb 8, 2013

"The First Rule of Good Teaching"

Robert Jensen discusses the idea of living your life honestly in front of students as key to good teaching.

-Robert Jensen, Counterpunch Jan 2, 2013

"Put religion and politics on Thanksgiving menu"

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.

-Robert Jensen, USA Today Nov 22, 2012