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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.
 
'''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 term 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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Mainstream philosophy has a parallel procedure called "unpacking".  Unpacking has the requirement that the contentious or doubtful term be expanded out--not just replaced with a synonym--and only used as a collection of subcomponent concepts.
  
 
==Main posts==
 
==Main posts==

Latest revision as of 14:47, 25 September 2015

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 term be expanded out--not just replaced with a synonym--and only used as a collection of subcomponent concepts.

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