LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||17/NOV/2011 1:17 AM|
|Assunto:||Só pra contrariar|
In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position he or she does not necessarily agree with, just for the sake of argument.
In taking such position, the individual taking on the devil's advocate
role seeks to engage others in an argumentative discussion process. The
purpose of such process is typically to test the quality of the original
argument and identify weaknesses in its structure, and to use such
information to either improve or abandon the original, opposing
position. It can also refer (less commonly) to someone who takes a
stance that is seen as unpopular or unconventional, but is actually
another way of arguing a more conventional stance.
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