In the Quagmire of Quibbles

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation and Inference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Argumenation
EditorsSteve Oswald, Didier Maillat
PublisherCollege Publications
Chapter12
Pages283-303
Number of pages21
Volume1
ISBN (Print)978-1-84890-283-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2nd European Conference on Argumentation - Fribourg, Switzerland
Duration: 20-Jun-201723-Jun-2017
http://ecargument.org/?page_id=730

Publication series

NameStudies in Logic: Logic and Argumentation
PublisherCollege Publications
Volume76

Conference

Conference2nd European Conference on Argumentation
Abbreviated titleECA 2017
CountrySwitzerland
CityFribourg
Period20/06/201723/06/2017
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Keywords

  • criticism, difference of opinion, Freedom Rule, hairsplitting, nitpicking, objection, profile of dialogue, quibble, talking at cross-purposes

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