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Debate is a formal method of interactive and position representational argument.


  • Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.
    • Gertrude Stein
    • First written as an undergraduate at Radcliffe College (1895); "The Radcliffe Manuscripts", Form and Intelligibility (1949)
  • Ignorantia non est argumentum.
    • Translation: Ignorance is no argument.
    • Baruch Spinoza, Ethica ordine geometrico demonstrata et in quinque parses distincta, Part 1, Addendum; Amsterdam, 1677.
    • Originally used to oppose traditional theological views that everything exists and is determined by divine intervention because no other plausible reason or explanation is seen.


  • It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
  • Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
  • He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
  • A long dispute means both parties are wrong.
  • Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
  • The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
  • Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most unsubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword.
  • When much dispute has past, We find our tenets just the same as last.

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