In the quagmire of quibbles: a dialectical exploration

Synthese 198 (4):3459-3476 (2019)
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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.

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Jan Albert Van Laar
University of Groningen

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