Be Reasonable! How to Be an Optimist in the 'Age of Unreason'

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Are we living in an age of unreason? And what to do about it? Can we combat unreason? We discuss situations in which one may presume to be confronted with unreasonable behavior by an interlocutor: fallacies, changing rules of the game, shifting to some other type of dialogue, and abandonment of reasonable dialogue. We recommend ways that could be helpful to obtain a return to reason. These possibilities lead us to a moderately optimistic conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-244
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Argumentation in Context
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5-Jul-2021
Event3rd European Conference on Argumentation - Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 24-Jun-201927-Jun-2019


  • Abandonment of reasonable dialogue, Bullshit, Dialogue shift, Fake news, Fallacy, Game-change, Optimism

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