Suppose you are arguing with someone who has a belief that is morally repugnant (for example, that people with low IQs are slaves by nature). Should you really follow Dennett’s advice and try to “re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, ‘Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way’”? If so, why? If not, where do you draw the line between following Dennett’s advice and not following it?
An experiment: find a suitable comment thread on the internet—not one that gains nobody’s attention, and not one that is huge, but one in which individuals are likely to reply to one another’s comments. Try to engage with the comments constructively, following the rules Dennett offers. Report your results.