How To Steel Man An Opposing Argument

Emerging out of “bad-faith” sophistry and outright ignorance alike among ad hominems, red-herrings, slippery slopes, and arguments from “authority” – the straw man attack is one of the most commonly used, and undiagnosed, low-life logical fallacies in public life. Conversely, a “steel man” approach can be postured so as to make a more effective and persuasive argument by first making an honest attempt to understand and represent an opponent’s argument to their satisfaction.

“So what you’re saying is ___, no?”