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Teaching Many Perspectives in a Polarized World: The Relevance of the Jain Doctrines of Relativity in Contemporary Pedagogy

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How do we convey to students, in a world of increasingly polarized views, the skill of respecting and navigating multiple perspectives, especially in relation to questions of value and meaning? This paper will argue that the Jain doctrines of relativity have considerable light to shed upon the issue of how to encounter and engage with diverse perspectives respectfully and open-mindedly while at the same time holding firmly to one’s own values and understanding of truth.