How to Disagree

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Paul Graham notes that “the web is turning writing into a conversation” and discusses how to disagree — which leads him to produce a disagreement hierarchy, from DH0 – Name-calling through DH6 – Refuting the Central Point.


  1. Sam J. says:

    ad hominem

    “…Saying that an author lacks the authority to write about a topic is a variant of ad hominem—and a particularly useless sort, because good ideas often come from outsiders. The question is whether the author is correct or not. If his lack of authority caused him to make mistakes, point those out. And if it didn’t, it’s not a problem…”

    Where have I seen this.

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