People argue to reconcile differences of opinion, but reconciliation may fail to happen. In these cases, most theorists assume arguers are left with the same disagreement from which they started. This is too optimistic, since disagreement might instead escalate, and this may happen because of the argumentative practice, not in spite of it. These dangers depend on epistemological, pragmatic, and cultural factors, and show why arguers should be (and are) careful in picking their dialogical fights.
Ruinous arguments: Escalation of disagreement and the dangers of arguing
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OSSA, Windsor, CAN
Argument Cultures: 8th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA 8), pp. 1–15, Windsor, Canada, 3-6 June 2009