At Grinnell (and elsewhere), you will regularly engage in serious discussions and arguments about a number of topics. You will find that some discussions are both successful and enjoyable while others are painful and irritating. What makes a discussion good or useful?
For now, we will emphasize continuity. That is, each statement you make must connect to a prior statement or statements. Here are some of the connections you might make. When we first discuss, I'd like you to explicitly state what kind of connection you're making (and I'll try to put a list on the board).
Your connection might be a request for clarification of the prior statement or related issue.
Tuesday, 24 August 1999
Monday, 13 September 1999
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