~Sophia~ Posted May 21, 2007 Report Share Posted May 21, 2007 (edited) After having engaged recently in a debate I have few comments about debating technique. When one is presented with a counter argument one should first strive to understand his opponent's position fairly - without distorting it and if the meaning is unclear one should ASK for clarification. The next step is to either: - prove it wrong - show to be false or erroneous by argument or evidence - or if it is true, show by logical argument or evidence why it not contradictory to your position. -or if true and contradictory to your claim - acknowledge that fact - which further requires you to check your premisses. It is very frustrating to be spending most of your time when debating exposing straw man. Argumentum ad naseum - one that employs constant repetition in asserting a concept without addressing the presented counter evidence - is also very frustrating. Those things are counter-productive to bringing out the truth - which is the purpose of debating. Edited May 21, 2007 by ~Sophia~ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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