Mission Statement

There is an enormous distance that separates accounts of fact from commentaries about how those facts should make us feel. The aim of The Prindle Post is to offer the tools to bridge that gap. We mean to highlight all the important, but neglected, work that moves us from simple hunch to justified belief, from immediate intuition to reasoned judgment.

Making that leap depends on careful survey of all the important assumptions and implications that get left unsaid – that is, it requires organizing people’s convictions into arguments and recognizing the debates happening all around us as fundamental disagreements about values (like liberty and equality).

Ultimately, the Post is defined by its writers’ uncommon commitment to showing their work. Too often, the right answer to big questions is determined by the loudest voice or the most popular talking head. It’s easy to shame or seduce. But honest inquiry demands sincere engagement with all the relevant reasons and serious consideration of existing disagreement. If, as Aristotle insisted, it is the “mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it,” then the Post daily provides an opportunity for us all to train our critical thinking skills by considering alternative perspectives.

By laying bare the various moral commitments that tug us in different directions, we hope to encourage each and every one of us to become better consumers of the news, and thus better participants in the various social, cultural, and political worlds we inhabit.

 

Tucker Sechrest                                                                                                                                                      Editorial Fellow, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics