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'''Last wordism''' is a tactic used in a informal [[debate]] or discussion, resorted to in the belief that victory can be achieved by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new information or substance to an argument. It is intended to achieve its effect through recency<ref>"Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."</ref> rather than through relevance.
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'''Last wordism''' is a tactic used in an informal [[debate]] or discussion, resorting in the belief that victory can be achieved by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new information or substance to an argument. It is intended to achieve its effect through recency<ref>"Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."</ref> rather than through relevance.
  
 
When '''last wordism''' is correctly identified, it often betrays the weaknesses of  "less intellectually robust presentations."<ref>http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/pages/resources/books/reviews/CaseforChrist.pdf</ref>
 
When '''last wordism''' is correctly identified, it often betrays the weaknesses of  "less intellectually robust presentations."<ref>http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/pages/resources/books/reviews/CaseforChrist.pdf</ref>

Latest revision as of 07:34, 23 January 2013

Last wordism is a tactic used in an informal debate or discussion, resorting in the belief that victory can be achieved by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new information or substance to an argument. It is intended to achieve its effect through recency[1] rather than through relevance.

When last wordism is correctly identified, it often betrays the weaknesses of "less intellectually robust presentations."[2]

At best, last wordism is a childish tactic. At worst, it reflects a lack of personal responsibility or bullying. Which is a characteristic of wrongdoing or sinfulness.

References

  1. "Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."
  2. http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/pages/resources/books/reviews/CaseforChrist.pdf