logic-chopping

logic-chopping

n
censorious Brit the use of excessively subtle argument
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"Drink!" he said returning, "you logic-chopping, chalky-faced saint of an atheist, drink!"
Beiser's introduction and first chapter fittingly cover the reputation of Schopenhauer as the initiator of the pessimistic movement, pinning the infamous melancholic's popularity to remaking "philosophy a public and exoteric concern." As an alternative to the logic-chopping Neo-Kantians in the middle and later 1800s, pessimism appealed popularly as a reinvigoration of the very widest problems of life.
The danger is that non-philosophers will find some justification to accept the caricature of the philosopher as eccentric, isolated, logic-chopping, and prone to dogmatic pronouncement from on high in the ivory tower.
This over-intellectualized, smells-of-the-lamp, logic-chopping, what-you-said-he-said-isn't-what-he-actually-said argumentation over minutiae of progressive ideology especially isn't my thing.
They employ these logic-chopping, throw-in-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink tactics because they know the American public is staunchly against them.
Rigorous rationality, proportioning belief to evidence, is not cold, simplistic, logic-chopping! It's the only outlook we can truly rely on."
For Levi, the scholastic irritants were not Scripture and tradition, glosses on the glosses, logic-chopping, or kitchen Latin.
Yet Marshall quite properly devotes much of his article to showing how predictions of an easy stroll into Baghdad ate predominantly made by logic-chopping civilians who avoided military service.
There is more than just Parolles' ridiculous logic-chopping at fault here.
It is not a matter of rhetoric or logic-chopping to point out that if the concept of development is inherently partial and ethnocentric, logic indicates that the same critisms can be made of concepts like race, class, and gender.
The playful logic-chopping of Witty and Witless, for instance, is illuminated by clarifying its context in contemporary dialogues of wisdom which explore 'the pain and pleasure of being human'.
Such offenses he called "logic-chopping," or "vicious intellectualism"--activities which represented the exercise of abstraction for its own sake.