How to Argue Effectively

How to Argue Effectively

Although I have always disagreed with Dennett’s views on consciousness (wrote a graduate paper once critiquing his view and titled it “Consciousness UN-Explained”), he is still an exceptional philosopher and is bang-on with these simple suggestions for critical commentary – especially for online commenting.

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

1: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.

2: You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).

3: You should mention anything you have learned from your target.

4: Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

#criticalthinking #danieldennett #philosophy

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