Daniel Dennett: "How to compose a successful critical commentary."
"1. You should
attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and
fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it
2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
This will "transform your opponent into a more receptive audience for
your criticism or dissent, which in turn helps advance the discussion."
Gefunden via Facebook bei Barbar Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, die noch hinzufügte: "One must be committed to solving the problem rather than winning the argument!"