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Arguing/reasoning with yourself?

Review Perleman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's theory of rhetoric. Is it possible to "argue/reason" with yourself? If so, is it a reliable way of testing our reasoning?

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Of course it is possible to argue and reason with yourself. It happens in your life and in mine on a daily basis, whenever we confront a situation or an issue of any sort, both the trivial and mundane and the important and significant. Anytime you pause before deciding, or struggle/wrestle with a choice, you are arguing and reasoning with yourself.

It is true that many people do not take this process seriously, and resort to "knee-jerk" decisions that are based more upon emotion than reason. Some persons (if they qualify for that title) invest very little thought to their decisions at ...

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Is it possible to argue or reason with yourself? How do you test your logic? Discussion explores these questions and presents conclusions.