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2010 Winter Issue 6 (February 19, 2010)

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  • The difference between argument and discussion

    The following is an attempt to better understand the effect of different types of discourse on what I’ve termed the “intellectual constitution” of the individuals involved. For this purpose, I’ve drawn a distinction between two modes of discourse – argument and discussion – the former of which embodies the intellectually unhealthy aspects of discourse and the latter, the healthy.

  • The difference between argument and discussion

    The following is an attempt to better understand the effect of different types of discourse on what I’ve termed the “intellectual constitution” of the individuals involved. For this purpose, I’ve drawn a distinction between two modes of discourse – argument and discussion – the former of which embodies the intellectually unhealthy aspects of discourse and the latter, the healthy.

  • Editorial: The responsibility of CSA

    By the end of the CSA debate yesterday evening, there were about 20 people in the Great Space. Only six of us were actually there for the debate.  Students filed by, ordering coffee and sandwiches, without as much as a glance towards their fellow students competing for the right to represent them.  The ironic part of this dismal turnout? There are actually enough candidates to debate this year.

  • Balancing pragmatism and idealism

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about arguments, and specifically, the relationship between pragmatic and moral arguments. In government, politicians are constantly faced with the need to balance these, because while pragmatism might get things done the political party’s base of support is often bound by ideology and more receptive to arguments that speak to their own moral assumptions.

  • CSA presidential candidate platforms

    Jinai Bharucha - I believe that my experience with the difficulties of making CSA an accountable and successful venue for student voices make me the best candidate for President.

    David Heifetz - I want to be CSA President because CSA can and should be a powerful voice for the student body and I believe I can help give it that voice.

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