Critical Thinking

Take an Open Approach to Others’ Arguments

Course time 28 min
Take an Open Approach to Others' Arguments

There is, to put it lightly, a tendency in our present moment to shut others down, argue loudly with straw men, and be deaf to information outside of our own echo chambers.

This course takes these problems head-on with the “principle of charity”, a critical thinking concept that not only allows us to understand others in their best possible light, but also to make our own arguments stronger as well. Finally, it also examines how the idea can be used in conflict resolution and to further organizations’ innovation.

Expected outcomes

What the principle of charity is

More openness to others

Using it to resolve conflicts and innovate

More powerful persuasion of others. Heightened innovation

Developed by

Tom Chatfield


  • Critical Thinking

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