Popper's Response To Rational Argument

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Identifying the intolerable can be challenging, we can infer from Popper's writing that intolerants respond with “fists and pistols” to any argument, use violence to attack contrary ideas “for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols.” Their main objective is not to refute the ideas themselves, but to destroy the bearer of said ideas. This concept is critical in attempting to understand what does and doesn’t constitute tolerance. Rawls would argue that we could not call a Christian, atheist
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