By Joseph Agassi, Abraham Meidan (auth.)

This booklet goals to familiarize readers in a very easy and straightforward demeanour the foundations and correct techniques of rational debate. it is going to support lessen the disappointment that many event while conducting debates. the right kind behavior of discussion is either enjoyable and mentally stimulating, and we belief that enforcing the principles of dialogue defined during this ebook can help you and your pals bring up your skill to benefit, increase and interact in rational and highbrow debates.

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The known answers to an urgent question may be all unreasonable. They are often even popular. In such cases, often those who hold the unreasonable answers not only deem them reasonable, but also deem unreasonable the known alternatives as well as the search for new ones. Obviously, these are the cases of dogmatists. In such cases, the very possibility of rational debates is questionable. If you overlook this fact, be prepared for frustration. And there are incentives for this. People who hold popular but unreasonable answers often wish to argue with their opponents, but they usually have no idea about the rules of rational debates and they aim at convincing their opponents, not at learning from them through debates.

Debates about the choice between these two religions are interminable, as each faith comes as a relative truth. The second way to overcome the objection to relativism is to undergo a “detoxification program”, to receive training to prepare us to learn to live happily without the need for debates and thus avoid the frustrations that they incur. Those making this proposal offer a choice: we may go into seclusion to follow some postmodernist program, or continue practicing debates despite frustration, or attempt some method (such as the one we offer in this handbook) that helps to reduce the frustration of your debates considerably while increasing its fruitfulness and taking you to new intellectual vistas.

Obviously, these are the cases of dogmatists. In such cases, the very possibility of rational debates is questionable. If you overlook this fact, be prepared for frustration. And there are incentives for this. People who hold popular but unreasonable answers often wish to argue with their opponents, but they usually have no idea about the rules of rational debates and they aim at convincing their opponents, not at learning from them through debates. Whatever the challenge they present, arguing with them will only frustrate.

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