Friday, May 07, 2010
Definitions for eristic
- Pertaining to controversy or disputation; controversial.
- Of argument for the sole purpose of winning, regardless of the reason.
- 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.
Both disputants attain their object in well-conducted argument, though not in eristic, for both cannot be victorious.
Origin of eristic
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.