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Arguments: Virtue or Vice?

Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 12:59 am    

Ironically, the question, “Is arguing a virtue or a vice?” can only be answered by arguing whether or not arguments are a virtue or a vice. So it seems clear, at least initially, arguing must be a virtue, assuming of course it’s done in a principled way. Besides, how else can the truth be discovered? […]

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Self-defeating arguments

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 8:27 pm    

Many individuals take up positions that are self-defeating.  For lawyers, identifying self-defeating arguments can be advantageous in quickly and effectively resolving a case. To illustrate, how often have we heard the argument “there is no truth?”  Many, in fact, have adopted this viewpoint despite its inherent contradiction.  Take for example a recent conversation I had […]

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