In debate, not only is it necessary to remain rational it is necessary to remain consistently rational. When a person makes a logical fallacy or a cognitive bias it needs to be addressed and corrected before the conversation can continue. If you continue the debate without correcting the error you are granting equity to the other person in the conversation. You are acting as though they have not made an error and by staying in the conversation you are participating with the premise that they are being and have consistently been rational.
If the other person in the conversation is not being rational, the conversation itself is not rational. If one person tries to remain rational in a debate while the other person is making no effort to be rational or proceed rationally, this creates a disparate impact in favor of the person that isn’t being rational. When you get in a fight with a clown, even if you win you lose.
It is necessary to proceed correctly. The words process and practice come from the greek word praxis. All valid philosophies have a praxis.
A philosophy by its very nature has to be self referentially consistent, if it creates disparate impact it is invalid and therefore not a rational philosophy. If a person can’t be falsified by their own philosophy it is not a philosophy and they are not rational. So as you see they falsify themselves by their own procedure. A rational person proceeds rationally, nothing can be proven by irrational means, that is why due process exists.
|So, I tried to do a kind of semantic clarification in which praxis—if not on the thither side of this divide—was perhaps somehow between the theoretical and the practical as they are generally understood, and particularly as they are understood in modern philosophy. Praxis as the manner in which we are engaged in the world and with others has its own insight or understanding prior to any explicit formulation of that understanding…Of course, it must be understood that praxis, as I understand it, is always entwined with communication.
—Calvin O. Schrag
Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realised. “Praxis” may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas. This has been a recurrent topic in the field of philosophy, discussed in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Paulo Freire,Ludwig von Mises, and many others. It has meaning in the political, educational, and spiritual realms.