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Friday, May 07, 2010

Definitions for eristic

  1. Pertaining to controversy or disputation; controversial.
  2. Of argument for the sole purpose of winning, regardless of the reason.
  3. Argument for the sole purpose of winning, regardless of the reason.

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Citations for eristic
This factor is a leading characteristic that separates eristic dialogue from persuasion dialogue. In the quarrel, there is an appearance of paying attention to a logical assessment of the issue by weighing the arguments on both sides (as if the dialogue were, say, a critical discussion.) But this appearance is a sham. Douglas N. Walton, Appeal to Popular Opinion
Both disputants attain their object in well-conducted argument, though not in eristic, for both cannot be victorious. Aristotle,
Origin of eristic
1630-1640
Eristic relates both to Eris, the Greek goddess of strife, as well as what Plato called eristic dialogue, a type of discourse with no reasonable goal beyond winning the argument.
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