Sophistical Arguments

Sophistical Arguments

1.) The most common- continually changing the point. Bring up something vaguely related to the particular dispute, and shift the whole conversation that point. Any time the discussion appears to be reaching a term, change the topic again. Do not recognize anything your opponent is actually saying, do not attempt to articulate his position, do not attempt to seek out some common principle that both of you agree on.

2.) Require your opponent to prove something that is self evident. He will either try to do this, which requires him to try to found something more known on the less known, or he will refuse to do this, and you can call him a “dogmatist”.

3.) Describe anything your opponent says as “a theory” or an “-ism” or a “system of belief”. This will lead you to think that you are simply struggling with a set of obscure/ clear facts, whereas he is simply mouthing pre-fab answers that he has never thought about.

4.) One word: Pottymouth.

(Oftentimes, you can jump to this right away, but sometimes it helps to fire off a witty quip or two. Imply your opponent is hypocritical or silly.)

5.) Make liberal use of the phrases “well, we’re never going to solve this problem” or variations on the theme of “moving on”. In order to achive this state, employ tricks 1-3.

6.) Never concede anything, and make no qualifications. If you lose any part of the argument, you will loose everthing that makes you what you are. Besides, if you were to concede anything or qualify something, you must be stupid and not understand your position, right? Remember, every disputed argument is a personal critique of your own worth as a person. Don’t you understand that truth is all about you?

7.) Continually give negative and critical arguments, and never give positive ones. The purpose of philosophy is to leave yourself with nothing, right? If we rip up all the weeds, the crop will just take care of itself, right?

8.) Whenever two philosophers describe anything, they are either saying the same thing, or different things. Assert whichever one helps your position. One of the said philosophers, of course, can be you.
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1 Comment

  1. Aristo Saola said,

    July 22, 2015 at 5:19 am

    This is a good a website. I have located an answer here I have been looking for a long time. Whatever happened to logic in schools in this day and age? Thank you.


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