eristic - meaning and definition. What is eristic
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What (who) is eristic - definition

ARGUMENT THAT AIMS TO SUCCESSFULLY DISPUTE ANOTHER'S ARGUMENT, RATHER THAN SEARCHING FOR TRUTH
Pointless argument

Eristic         
·adj ·Alt. of Eristical.
eristic         
[?'r?st?k]
formal
¦ adjective of or characterized by debate or argument.
?(of an argument or arguer) aiming at winning rather than at reaching the truth.
¦ noun a person given to debate or argument.
Derivatives
eristically adverb
Origin
C17: from Gk eristikos, from erizein 'to wrangle', from eris 'strife'.
eristic         
a.; (also eristical)
(Not used of persons.)
1.
Controversial, polemic (al), controversive, disputative.
2.
Entangling, catching, entrapping, posing, perplexing, embarrassing.
3.
Cavilling, captious, disputations.

Wikipedia

Eristic

In philosophy and rhetoric, eristic (from Eris, the ancient Greek goddess of chaos, strife, and discord) refers to an argument that aims to successfully dispute another's argument, rather than searching for truth. According to T.H. Irwin, "It is characteristic of the eristic to think of some arguments as a way of defeating the other side, by showing that an opponent must assent to the negation of what he initially took himself to believe." Eristic is arguing for the sake of conflict, as opposed to resolving conflict.