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Glenn Tinder in his work Political Thinking The Perennial Questions writes that his objective is to provide an impulse and sense of direction that will help a reader think about the political dilemmas of human existence and hence of all times rather than of our time alone p9 Thus he suggests that engaging in political thinking involves more than simply issues of the present Political thinking enables people to reach answers that are otherwise unattainable It also fulfills the need of humans to have ideas whether or not they are correct Lastly political thinking enables people to gain humanity Tinder proposes that political thinking is a worthwhile and even imperative endeavor for these reasons To reach answers one must think about the question or subject including when the subject is politics Therefore political thinking enables people to discover a solution which is not readily apparent to a puzzle or query Though Tinder places an emphasis on the thought process rather than the results he states that it is sometimes necessary to ascertain a clarification to a question even if the answer is disputable He consequently states that reflection is a necessary method to understanding a concept and reaching an answer To live by understanding rather than instinct p17 is a significant factor in life One must have some conclusions of thought to understand and these conclusions are reached by contemplating Even an idea that is untrue can lead to the truth and is at least something on which one can build Tinder contends that while some conclusions drawn may be subject to doubt it is better to have uncertain ideas than no ideas The reasoning behind this statement is that with ideas people are civilized however vague their conclusions may be If a person has no ideas he is no more advanced than a barbarian Therefore political thinking enables people to draw conclusions and accordingly live with more comprehensions of life and civility Finally Tinder
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