De kracht van het argument


Jürgen Habermas:

“Niet de status van de spreker, maar de kracht van het argument moet het uitgangspunt vormen van besluitvorming.”

Filosoof Habermas pleit in zijn omvangrijke oeuvre voor een sterke civil society met een goed functionerende publieke ruimte waarin communicatief kan worden gehandeld, door bekritiseerbare argumenten aan te dragen en te zoeken naar wederzijds begrip.

Sharing knowledge


Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

“Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself… and if wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it… No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it”.

* Letters from a Stoic

The ability of democracy


Quote by Al Gore

“It is now apparent that the climate crisis is posing an unprecedented threat not only to the future livability of the planet but also to our assumptions about the ability of democracy and capitalism to recognize this threat for what it is and respond with appropriate boldness, scope, and urgency. Global warming has been described as the greatest market failure in history. It is also—so far—the biggest failure of democratic governance in history.”

From: Our Choice: Changing the way we think (Chapter 14), 2009.