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How To Criticize Meaningfully

by on May 22, 2016
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Daniel Dennet offers practical advice - in four short pointers - on how to to criticize any argument meaningfully.

 
  1. Attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly and fairly that your target says: “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
  2. List any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. Mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
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