How to Argue With Kindness and Care: 4 Rules from Philosopher Daniel Dennett

How to Argue With Kindness and Care: 4 Rules from Philosopher Daniel Dennett | Open Culture
  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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