Main content

Jennifer Michael Hecht on Doubt

Episode 4 of 5

Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht argues that if we are interested in freedom and truth, our fixed opinions and beliefs will start giving way to doubt.

American poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht on doubt. "If we are interested in truth, and in our own freedom, we ought to celebrate that which convinces us to doubt".

Long Desc
Jennifer Michael Hecht on doubt.

"If we are interested in truth, and in our own freedom, we ought to celebrate that which convinces us to doubt".

The American poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht reflects on doubt as 'a beautiful thing' in a world where knowing is celebrated more than doubting. Hecht, who has written a history of Doubt, argues that if we are truly interested in freedom and truth, our fixed opinions and beliefs will start giving way to doubt.

This is the fourth of five Essays on The Case for Doubt - political, religious, and scientific doubt ... concluding with self-doubt.

First broadcast in April 2012.

Available now

15 minutes

Broadcasts

The Book that Changed Me

Five figures from the arts and science introduce books that changed their lives and work.

Download The Essay

Download all the episodes from the series and listen at your leisure.

Podcast