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Offline MH

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Re: How about a Discussion on Jordan Peterson?
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2020, 07:15:41 pm »
We can say anything we like about anyone.  We can say Peterson hangs out with Nazis every weekend and throws up the salute, but that has nothing to do with the merit of his individual arguments.

Ok, but we haven't spoken about any of his individual arguments here, either.

  Attacking the character, tone, motives, and who he may have associated with on one occasion, these are ad hominem arguments.

Again, we're not talking about his arguments we are talking about the man and where he fits in, as some kind of public figure.

  This fallacy is designed to discredit the person making the argument, and not the argument itself.  And it's fine to not like him personally, it's just not as interesting.

See above.

I find it a lot more interesting talking about his arguments about post-modernists dominating academia, and the causes of the gender wage gap., and how people have to grow up and take more responsibility in order to better their lives.

Well... some of those are arguments and some of it is that self-help stuff he puts out there, but sure.  I think that a public moralist would be a great thing right now, and a Canadian conservative would be a perfect fit to host some kind of consensus-building on whatever moral commonality we have these days.

But he's not it.