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Two House Debates: A Quick Word About How to Structure Definitional Arguments
Whenever there's a debate about whether something is X or Y, that's a definitional argument. Examples:
Is Johnny an alcoholic or non-alcoholic?
Is the living organism in the mother's womb a human or non-human?
There are two types of definitional arguments: (1) elemental arguments and (2) applicational arguments.
If there's disagreement about how to define something (the elements of a thing) then you've got an elemental argument; if there's agreement how to define something but disagreement as to whether it applies then you've got an applicational argument.
So the basic structure for a definitional argument looks like this:
(1) elements of the definition
(2) application: examples of how the elements apply to the subject
I say all of this so that if someone wants to place a label on someone, to say that a person is a Two Houser for example, then in the interests of fairness, he really must define the category by listing all the elements and then show examples of how the person meets each element. As followers of Yeshua, we should be fair in all of our dealings and show ourselves to be clear thinkers.