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Keywords

conditions for argument, conversion, deep disagreement, frame differences, Harald Wohlrapp, incommensurable paradigms, Ludwig Wittgenstein, paradigms, persuasion, rational resolution, Robert Fogelin, Thomas Kuhn

Start Date

3-6-2020 10:00 AM

End Date

3-6-2020 11:00 AM

Abstract

Robert Fogelin has introduced the concept of a deep disagreement as one that makes rational argumentation impossible. People who think of themselves as enlightened use this concept to dismiss the positions and arguments of those who seem to them misguided. I argue that there is always a basis for a rational discussion between people who disagree. Theorists of argumentation should abandon Fogelin’s concept of deep disagreement as a form of intellectual colonialism.

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Deep disagreement as intellectual colonialism

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Robert Fogelin has introduced the concept of a deep disagreement as one that makes rational argumentation impossible. People who think of themselves as enlightened use this concept to dismiss the positions and arguments of those who seem to them misguided. I argue that there is always a basis for a rational discussion between people who disagree. Theorists of argumentation should abandon Fogelin’s concept of deep disagreement as a form of intellectual colonialism.