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June 22, 2010

Argumentative inflation

There's a style of argument you'll meet with often in life,

which means you'll also meet with it often in the press and online. It consists of taking some straightforward and unobjectionable proposition and then exaggerating it to the point of absurdity. When the absurd version of it is challenged you can retreat to the more modest one. But then, of course, you could have started and finished with that and avoided talking nonsense in the first place. -- normblog:

Posted by Vanderleun at June 22, 2010 11:44 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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