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Graham’s hierarchy of disagreement

Graham’s hierarchy of disagreement

“Graham proposed a “disagreement hierarchy” in a 2008 essay “How to Disagree”,[22] putting types of argument into a seven-point hierarchy and observing that “If moving up the disagreement hierarchy makes people less mean, that will make most of them happier.”

Although originally written as a simple list, Graham’s hierarchy can be represented as a pyramid with the most convincing form of disagreement at the top, and the weakest at the bottom:

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Following this hierarchy, Graham notes that articulate forms of name-calling (“The author is a self-important dilettante”) are no different from crude insults.”


Posted on: October 19, 2015, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

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