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Dialogue

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 12:11:26 -0500


Lawrence A. Parker
Philosopher and Educational Consultant
The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction, Inc.
89 Grand Avenue
Akron, OH 44303-1004
330.762.5341
http://www.acorn.net/lists-ht/occti
http://www.acorn.net/occti (under reconstruction)

WORTH THINKING ABOUT: THE SWEETNESS OF FRIENDLY ARGUMENTS

"The most fruitful and natural exercise of the mind, in my opinion, is
conversation. I find the use of it more sweet than of any other action of
life; and for that reason it is that, if I were now compelled to choose, I
should sooner, I think, consent to lose my sight, than my hearing and
speech... The study of books is a languishing and feeble motion that heats
not, whereas conversation teaches and exercises at once. If I converse with
an understanding man, and a rough disputant, he presses hard upon me and
pricks me on both sides; his imaginations raise up mine to more than
ordinary pitch; jealousy, glory, and contention, stimulate and raise me up
to something above my self..."

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