Beg to Differ: The Logic of Disputes and Argumentation by Joseph Agassi, Abraham Meidan (auth.)

By Joseph Agassi, Abraham Meidan (auth.)

This publication goals to familiarize readers in a very easy and simple demeanour the foundations and correct methods of rational debate. it is going to support lessen the disappointment that many event while undertaking debates. the correct behavior of dialogue is either enjoyable and mentally stimulating, and we belief that imposing the principles of dialogue defined during this booklet can assist you and your folks elevate your skill to profit, increase and have interaction in rational and highbrow debates.

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3. Can the answers under dispute be simultaneously true? Consider the first question: what is the question? It is a somewhat surprising empirical fact that many people who regularly engage in debates (politicians, scholars, celebrities) are convinced that they know what question is under debate, and that all parties to the debate know it too and agree about it. Often, they only seem to know what the question is but they do not, as a simple test for knowing the question should illustrate. Yet the test is no good.

And so it is a fairly good guideline to 3 Improving the Wording of the Questions Under Dispute 33 suggest not to rush into a debate but to avoid frustration, say by efforts to avoid debates about vague questions as vagueness will almost guarantee that a debate will frustrate. When considering the question on the agenda for debate, the contesting sides should also check the presuppositions to it. If the parties disagree about these presuppositions, then the question is not yet suitable as the subject of the dispute before this matter is cleared to the satisfaction of all parties to the debate.

Even in such cases, however, at least some disputes involve questions to which the true answer is unique. In the case of a debate about the right price of a given commodity, the relevant question to which there is a unique true answer is, what is the price of the product that is the lowest that seller is willing to accept, and what is the highest price that buyer is willing to pay? ) Our interest here is to help you develop debating skills, and so we will limit our presentation to cases of rational debates, or, more generally, we will concentrate on disputes whose participants try to behave within reason: we will discuss cases of disputes that are rationally conducted to include the rational decision to open a debate or not, and if so, on what conditions.

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