Socrates, considered as the founder of western philosophy, is also known to have created this vague yet so fundamental concept: critical thinking. This article uses the arguments of Socrates, Hannah Arendt, and Karl Popper to show that Critical thinking is needed more than ever in an age where views are increasingly entrenched, and why a healthy dose of critical thinking could help reverse this worrying trend.
The notion of Freedom of Speech is suffused with contradictions. These inherent contradictions fuel past and present societal divisions and sustain the proliferation of what have come to be known as “belief-gaps”. This article identifies the three main contradictions of Free Speech, each of the following contradictions will be discussed in relation to the issue of limiting free speech: the issue of Offence, the unequal access to free speech and the necessity for a cohesive space which enables “reasonable disagreement”.