How to disagree thoughtfully with Rapoport’s Rules

Anatol Rapoport. Image: Wiley Online Library

It’s both easy and tempting to “demolish” an opponents viewpoint, especially when you can readily see weaknesses in their arguments. Even more so if you don’t like them personally. But if the goal of the debate is to win the other person over (rather than declare victory to an audience), then defeating an opponent in this manner can actually work against you.