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In the quagmire of quibbles: A dialectical exploration

Krabbe, E. C. W. & Laar, van, J. A., 19-Jun-2019, In : Synthese.

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Criticism may degenerate into quibbling or nitpicking. How can discussants keep quibblers under control? In the paper we investigate cases in which a battle about words replaces a discussion of the matters that are actually at issue as well as cases in which a battle about minor objections replaces a discussion of the major issues. We survey some lines of discussion dealing with these situations in profiles of dialogue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSynthese
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19-Jun-2019

    Keywords

  • Criticism, Difference of opinion, Freedom rule, Hairsplitting, Nitpicking, Objection, Profile of dialogue, Quibble, Talking at cross-purposes

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