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By Joseph Agassi, Abraham Meidan (auth.)

This booklet goals to familiarize readers in a very easy and straightforward demeanour the principles and correct systems of rational debate. it's going to aid lessen the disappointment that many adventure while accomplishing debates. the right kind behavior of dialogue is either enjoyable and mentally stimulating, and we belief that imposing the principles of dialogue defined during this e-book may also help you and your folks raise your skill to benefit, increase and interact in rational and highbrow debates.

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Often such debates are theoretically instructive, say, if we are not dogmatic about our view that the presupposition is false, but also if we insist on it and rightly so. For, we may learn from this the extent of the damage that some false presuppositions cause. So much for now on our first question, what question is on the agenda for a debate? Let us turn to the second question, then: is that question interesting? Alternatively, is it important? A question is not interesting and not important if the parties engaged in it do not mind what the right answer to it is.

Still, although we feel a strong need to learn as much as debate provides a learning tool, we always have a choice when it comes to any specific item that we may wish to learn. Here there is the question of opportunity cost: we all want to know more things than we can learn. Hence, if we invest in learning one item we thereby give up learning another. Assuming that we have a limited budget that we utilize as best we can (in this case it is the time to allot to learning), the cost of the acquisition of each item (in this case, of knowledge) is the giving up of other options that it ousts.

2. What are the relations between A and B? ) 3. What is known about A? ) for which, by logic, the true answer is always Yes. Proof: Assume that there is no relation between A and B. It follows that their names share the previous sentence. Hence they are related. Hence they are necessarily related. Indeed, this way it is provable that there are infinitely many relations between A and B, no matter what they are, which is the true answer to the second question. For example, one relation is that neither was mentioned in the first chapter of this book.

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