Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Rational Discussion Flowchart for Paul Grice

This flowchart spotted on 22 Words is designed to help individuals determine whether or not they are exchanging ideas rationally.

It immediately brought to mind the cooperative principle proposed by linguist Paul Grice. This principle is based on the fact that the success of any communication depends on the cooperation of both speaker and listener. Grice's Conversational Maxims, which include maxims of quality, quantity, relevance and manner, play a large role in the cooperative principle.

It seems to me that cooperative conversation participants should be capable of having a rational discussion.

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