How to Have Impossible Conversations

How to Have Impossible Conversations A Very Practical Guide

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Publisher's Synopsis

In our current political climate, it seems impossible to have a civil conversation with someone who has a different opinion. Dialogue is shut down when perspectives clash. Heated debates on Facebook and Twitter often lead to shaming, hindering any possibility of productive discourse. How to Have Impossible Conversations guides readers through the process of having effective, civil discussions about any divisive issues--not just religious faith but climate change, race, gender, poverty, immigration, and gun control.

Coauthors Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay distinguish between two types of conversations: those that are oriented toward arriving at truth, and those that may require changing the beliefs of people who do not want their beliefs changed (interventions). They then guide readers through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation, up to expert- and master-level techniques to deal with hardliners and extremists. With key principles like the "Seven Fundamentals Necessary for Good Conversations," this book is the manual everyone needs to foster connection and empathy with anyone.

Book information

ISBN: 9780738285320
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Da Capo Lifelong
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 153.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: ix, 248
Weight: 282g
Height: 152mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 19mm