Argumentative Theory of Reasoning

Argumentative Theory of Reasoning suggests that people argue for status. It has nothing to do with being right and everything to do with winning the argument. We argue to see who will get the best mates or have the highest status in the herd. In short, unlike the belief, which goes back to Descartes, that we argue to critically examine a position; the Argumentative Theory of Reasoning suggests that we argue for position or status.

A useful counter-measure is to analyse what it is you’d like to achieve and why you find that so important? Who else will benefit from it and who would be disadvantaged by you achieving it?

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