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Forthcoming in Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics [2010]; doi: 10.1007/s11841-009-0113-8 Copyright © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Used by permission.


Chapters 4–9 are the most important part of the book. Here Liberman displays his interpretive skills to the fullest. He explores various aspects of directly observed, live debate processes, drawing on the work of Schutz, Husserl, Durkheim (to mention just a few), as well as Buddhist thinkers Nagarjuna, Sakya Pandita, Tsongkhapa, and others. Liberman exhaustively explains the organization and mechanics of debates, the public nature of reasoning, negative dialectics employed by debaters, strategies and techniques such as absurd consequences, hand-claps, ridicule, and repetition, and other matters.

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