arrogate to oneself

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Echoing Kant, the ideal of reciprocity at work here insists that one must not arrogate to oneself a specific moral status one denies to others.
One does not arrogate to oneself the mantle of spokesperson, it is granted by the community to those who have worked to understand the various viewpoints and who have captured the trust of the broader community.
To predetermine meaning - "to see what you want to see" - is to arrogate to oneself all truth and refuse to allow for the possibility of learning from another.