Rhetorical Questions

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General Thinking Tools
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Just as you should keep a sharp eye out for “surely,” you should develop a sensitivity for rhetorical questions in any argument or polemic. Why? Because, like the use of “surely,” they represent an author’s eagerness to take a short cut. A rhetorical question has a question mark at the end, but it is not meant to be answered. Whenever you see a rhetorical question, try—silently, to yourself—to give it an unobvious answer.
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Philosopher Daniel Dennett's Book Intuition Pumps