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Connections: What are the impacts and remedies for polarization?


The terms “bubbles,” “silos,” and “echo chambers” are common in our current political dialogue, and they all relate to the broader concept of polarization. Philosopher Robert Talisse says while polarization is commonly acknowledged as detrimental to democracy, its impact stretches beyond partisan politics.

This hour, we sit down with Talisse to discuss democracy, belief systems, and what he says is a surprising remedy for political polarization. Talisse is in town as a guest of RIT, but first, he’s our guest on Connections. In studio:

  • Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University
  • Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
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