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The Art of Being Right (wikipedia.org)
13 points by jgrahamc on Aug 10, 2012 | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments


A list of rhetological fallacies[1]

Conversational Terrorism[2]

[1] http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/rhetolo...

[2] http://www.vandruff.com/art_converse.html

Just because you win an argument doesn't mean that you are right.

Did you even read the first sentence of the article?

Schopenhauer is not entirely ironic about the unrelatedness of truth and argument. It is true that usually, both parties believe to know it and therefore, it is unknown most of the time. It is also true that, just because you are not able to reply to one of your opponent's arguments, that does not mean that he is right and you are wrong. Countless other arguments for your position may still convince you and thus, some tricks can be useful — especially, if an audience is to be convinced.

jgc, is it wise to give HN a list of 38 methods to show up an opponent in a debate when said methods were written as sarcasm? ;-)

It's somewhat sarcastic because Schopenhauer states that there is no relationship between the art of debate/convincing and the truth or seeking the truth. His advice, however, is perfectly valid and can be used and, to some extent, is used intuitively, every day.

I'd recommend reading the entire essay, though - the summary on Wikipedia is very brief and also, this is the only essay written by a philosopher I've ever read that actually made me laugh.

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