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Rationalist taboo

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Rationalist taboo is a technique for fighting muddles in discussions. By prohibiting the use of a certain word and all the words synonymous to it, people are forced to elucidate the specific contextual meaning they want to express, thus removing ambiguity otherwise present in a single word.

Mainstream philosophy has a parallel procedure called "unpacking". Unpacking has the requirement that the contentious or doubtful team be expanded out, and not just replaced with a synonym, but no requirement that participants in a discussion refrain from using it once uttered has been unpacked,

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