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2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 3. Eristic

[argument as a competition rather than for truth]

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People often merely practice eristic instead of dialectic, because they don't analyse the subject-matter [Plato]
Eristic discussion is aggressive, but dialectic aims to help one's companions in discussion [Plato]
Competitive argument aims at refutation, fallacy, paradox, solecism or repetition [Aristotle]
If you beat me in argument, does that mean you are right? [Chuang Tzu]
Rational certainty may be victory in argument rather than knowledge of facts [Rorty]
'Eris' is the divinity of conflict, the opposite of Philia, the god of friendship [Deleuze/Guattari]