Discussions and Debates

October 8, 2016: Argument

Discussions can often turn into debates, sometimes for better and other times for worse. Discussions consist of exchanges of information and ideas without a particular position necessarily being adopted or promoted. Often discussions lead to the adoption of a position, and then the promotion of that position. Either the discussants agree, or they disagree and begin to debate over the positions being promoted. Healthy debates consist of arguments. Arguments advance a position or view using logic. Good arguments are built on sound logic. A leading argument therefore enhances understanding. Unhealthy debates consist of bad arguments or no arguments at all. Either the logic is lacks merit, or a position is being advanced without argument but by imposition. Debates with arguments are for the better. Debates without them are for the worse.



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