In his August 3, 2013, post, “Philosophy, Debate, and Dialog: Can Philosophy Be Debated?,” Bill Vallicella, the “maverick philosopher,” answered the question posed in the post’s title in the negative negatively. He adds, “When real philosophy is done with others it takes the form of dialog, not debate.”
He goes on to say, “There is nothing adversarial in a genuine philosophical conversation,” and:
There is no place for polemics in philosophy. To the extent that polemics creeps in, philosophy becomes ideology. This is not to say that there is no place for polemics or apologetics. It is to say that that place is not philosophy.
I could not agree with him more. I do, however, have a question. Do his statements about philosophy apply also to political philosophy?