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Professor Abdullah Antepli on Discourse for Democracy

Abdullah AntepliWe interviewed Professor Abdullah Antepli on the importance of productive political discourse

Here are a few quotes from the interview:

“Never get satisfied by simple and simplistic answers to complicated problems and issues of our time.”

“If and when…productive political dialogue takes place meaningfully, people who have irreconcilable political disagreements falling in different sides of the partisan aisles gradually realize that their disagreements, as real and important as they are, do not stem from having a different or contradictory set of values and morals but they are coming from ranking and emphasizing these values differently.”

“The ideal engagement over political engagements, for me, are those done among people who deeply and passionately care about their political ideological commitments–equipped to defend their positions, yet willing to make a genuine effort to understand and make sense of their political and ideological opponents … [and who are] genuinely curious and never feel they are done learning from anyone.”
— Professor Abdullah Antepli

Professor Abdullah Antepli is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Interfaith Relations and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy

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