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How philosophy can help us have better arguments

Arguing politics can be tricky—so do your opponent a favour, and tell them the real reason you think like you do. Who knows? They might even listen

By Christina Easton  

Philosophy can teach us to have bette arguments.

“Bad for children; bad for schools; bad for freedom.” These were the headline arguments of Christian groups lobbying for a ‘no’ vote in last year’s Australian referendum on same-sex marriage. Rather than appealing to the Bible or the authority of the Church as you might expect, they used ostensibly secular reasons.

It turns out that this is part of a wider trend. In an interview study conducted in Britain, the political scientist Steven Kettell found this to be an…

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