The history of argumentation has been set up as a debate with winners and losers. But recently some critics have pointed out that the best argumentation does not result in a zero-sum game, but rather in a synthesis of many sides with the result being more than what any one person brings to the table. The 10 steps towards argumentation moves beyond just arguments being sound, but also putting yourself in the place of your audience, imagining what they might say and then rebutting their objections. The ten-step argument is an adaptation of Stephen Toulmin’s work on argumentation.
This week's speaker will be Bruce Lerro.
After the talk, we'll have a group discussion to explore the ideas presented, and to share related thoughts, resources, and personal experiences.