An intellectual Geneva convention: What we owe an opponent in an argument

Have you ever been involved in a "brisk exchange of ideas" and been tempted to use a dirty rhetorical trick? Ever had one used against you?

Arguing against a straw-man, name-calling, or flitting from topic to topic without acknowledging when your discussion partner makes a point can be effective persuasive tools, but is using them worth it?

What is the very least we owe to those we disagree with?

Let's talk about it. CIVILLY people. Geeesh.

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Fred

    Just realized i have a conflict and can't make this on Tuesday night. I'll miss it!

    July 9, 2013

  • Chris P.

    What about the bait-and-switch straw man... is that a thing? Where somebody keeps claiming your are mis-categorizing their argument but then they seem to keep switching their argument as a counter-measure to your comments and a way to keep calling your tactics straw man? Also, I prefer the UK terminology: Aunt Sally.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • cole m.

    Chris, love your intro Koo-koo-ka-choo. Is the right?

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would definitely be there, unfortunately I'll be out of town. Y'all have fun!

    June 17, 2013

  • cole m.

    love this group. Its fun to get out of town. It's like crossing that Missouri river.

    June 17, 2013

6 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more
Bill

I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.

Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy