Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect

  • 4h 29m 21s
  • John Inazu, Tish Harrison Warren
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2024

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Are you discouraged by our divided, angry culture, where even listening to a different perspective sometimes feels impossible? If so, you're not alone, and it doesn't have to be this way. Learning to Disagree reveals the surprising path to learning how to disagree in ways that build new bridges with our neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones--and help us find better ways to live joyfully in a complex society.

In a tense cultural climate, is it possible to disagree productively and respectfully without compromising our convictions? Spanning a range of challenging issues--including critical race theory, sexual assault, campus protests, and clashes over religious freedom--highly regarded thought leader and law professor John Inazu helps us engage honestly and empathetically with people whose viewpoints we find strange, wrong, or even dangerous.

As a constitutional scholar, legal expert, and former litigator, John has spent his career learning how to disagree well with other people. In Learning to Disagree, John shares memorable stories and draws on the practices that legal training imparts--seeing the complexity in every issue and inhabiting the mindset of an opposing point of view--to help us handle daily encounters and lifelong relationships with those who see life very differently than we do.

This groundbreaking, poignant, and highly practical book equips us to:


  • Understand what holds us back from healthy disagreement
  • Learn specific, start-today strategies for dialoguing clearly and authentically
  • Move from stuck, broken disagreements to mature, healthy disagreements
  • Cultivate empathy as a core skill for our personal lives and our whole society

If you are feeling exhausted from the tattered state of dialogue in your social media feed, around the country, and in daily conversations, you're not alone. Discover a more connected life while still maintaining the strength of your convictions through this unique, often-humorous, thought-provoking, and ultimately life-changing exploration of the best way to disagree.

About the Author

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment courses. He writes and speaks frequently to general audiences about pluralism, assembly, free speech, religious freedom, and other issues. John has written three books and published opinion pieces in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, USA Today, Newsweek, and CNN. He is also the founder of the Carver Project and the Legal Vocation Fellowship and is a senior fellow with Interfaith America.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - August: How Do We Learn Empathy?
  • Chapter 2 - September: Can We Know What’s Fair?
  • Chapter 3 - October: What Happens When We Can’t Compromise?
  • Chapter 4 - November: Can We Have Difficult Conversations?
  • Chapter 5 - December: Can We See People Instead of Problems?
  • Chapter 6 - January: Can We Trust Faith?
  • Chapter 7 - February: Can Anything Be Neutral?
  • Chapter 8 - March: Where Is the Line between Wrong and Evil?
  • Chapter 9 - April: Is Forgiveness Possible?
  • Chapter 10 - May: Can We Be Friends?
  • Epilogue: Asking the Right Question