Splitting a Difference of Opinion

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When unable to resolve a conflict of opinion about the objective worth of an action proposal, discussants may choose to negotiate for a compromise. Is it legitimate to abandon the search for a resolution, and instead enter into a negotiation that aims at settling the difference of opinion? What is the nature of a compromise, in contradistinction to a resolution? What kinds of argument do participants typically put to use in their negotiation dialogues?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation, Objectivity, and Bias
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 18-21 May 2016
EditorsPat Bondy, Laura Benacquista
Place of PublicationWindsor, Ontario
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event11th OSSA Conference: Argumentation, Objectivity, and Bias - Windsor, Canada
Duration: 18-May-201621-May-2016


Conference11th OSSA Conference


  • compromise
  • fallacy of bargaining
  • fallacy of middle ground
  • mixed difference of opinion
  • negotiation
  • resolution

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