The Steel Man Argument

Sometimes the term "steel man" is used to refer to a position's or argument's improved form. A straw man is a misrepresentation of someone's position or argument that is easy to defeat: a "steel man" is an improvement of someone's position or argument that is harder to defeat than their originally stated position or argument.


Contrasts with the straw man, work from an idealized articulation of your opponent's viewpoint and try to improve upon it.

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