Dismissing Arguments with Pejorative Language
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 12 June 2011, Question 6
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 12 June 2011, I answered a question on dismissing arguments with pejorative language.
Is pejorative rhetoric useful? When should you or when may you describe someone's argument or analysis in pejorative terms, because you don't consider them intellectually honest or educable, and you just want to make it clear to the wider audience that you don't accept them as a worthwhile opponent? Is it acceptable to just vent in such cases?
My Answer, In Brief: A person should never just vent, and if you do, you're likely to look like the dishonest jerk unworthy of civilized discussion.
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