Don’t Agree to Agree
On occasion, I am asked “Can’t we agree that (insert statement here)?”, and I can never quite shake the feeling that the questioners aren’t getting the point.
Of course we can agree on that. We can agree on anything. The only thing needed for agreement is for two people to assert the same thing. It’s utterly trivial.
The real questions are: Can we disagree? More specifically, can we reasonably disagree? If we maintain rational standards, are there still grounds for argument? Does your point necessarily arise from premises we both accept, and are we capable of justifying those premises to ourselves and others?