Be Reasonable! Ways to React to Cases of Presumed 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
Title of host publicationReason to Dissent
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Argumentation
EditorsCatarina Dutilh Novaes, Henrike Jansen, Jan Albert van Laar, Bart Verheij
PublisherCollege Publications
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1-84890-333-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe 3rd European Conference on Argumentation (ECA): Reason to Dissent - University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 24-Jun-201927-Jun-2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Logic: Logic and Argumentation
PublisherCollege Publications


ConferenceThe 3rd European Conference on Argumentation (ECA)


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

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