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Interesting post, Bill! I'd be really interested to hear your comments, either in a separate blog post or below, about the following post from a philosopher at a blog for the Centre for Practical Ethics in Oxford that was written the day after the recent election in Britain (The 'Conservative' Party won a slim majority - I put the word 'Conservative' in scare quotes as they are probably not what you or I would call conservatives): http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2015/05/if-youre-a-conservative-im-not-your-friend/ In some ways it acts as a counterpoint to Harris' comments. What do you think?

Hi Nick,

Actually, I did comment on the Roache piece here: http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2015/05/if-youre-a-conservative-you-are-not-my-friend.html

Ah, so you did! My apologies for thinking that you would overlook it. Thanks for your continued excellent blogging!

You're welcome, and thank you for the kind words.

Hi Bill,

I think I agree with your negative verdicts on (1)-(5), but in your second paragraph ad (1) think you go too far when you say that on certain matters agreement is impossible. Were that so intellectual conversions would be impossible, but while they're relatively rare and generally occur over time they do happen. So while Harris goes too far and it's utopian to expect such a conversion it seems we're falling off the other side of the horse by rejecting the possibility.


I would say that on every matter intellectual conversions are possible, but on some matters agreement is not possible among all competent interlocutors.

I cannot strictly prove this, but I think the evidence is overwhelming.

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