Robert H. Thouless: Thirty-eight dishonest tricks which are commonly used in argument, with the methods of overcoming them
(via Rebecca's Pocket)
To confess my own trickery tendencies:
6) Diversion to another question, to a side issue, or by irrelevant objection
I do like an occasional wander through the left field - off the beaten track. I always hope to find a clincher hiding in the marginalia.
17) Change in the meaning of a term during the course of an argument
Oh well - language is organic.
see also: How to win arguments
Guilty as charged on all counts...
Posted by dick jones at June 20, 2004 08:38 AM
Was a dishonest tactic to cite only two of my tricks.
It can almost read as a scenario of an argument in 38 stages. The drama really kicking in with 'special pleading"
Posted by boynton at June 20, 2004 06:25 PM