A helpful tool of argument used to save time
when encountering ideas new
(or even ideas that you think you've probably heard before anyway). By grouping someone's argument or entire viewpoint with a commonly known
philosophical term, and following with an immediate derogatory
comment you can sometimes silence your opponent
, sway passive spectators, or, at the very least, prevent yourself from thinking about it.
New Age bullshit
post-modernist crap (or, for better results "po-mo")
Some helpful, throw-away phrases include:
What a bunch of...
You're/That's just full of...
That would make sense, to a... (personalize it for this one)
Some claim that alliteration is also a good aid for dismissive comments (e.g. conservative clap-trap!. Another hepful tip is to remember not to introduce new information that might incite further discussion. It is a gamble whether a phrase like "pre-Socratic tautology" will shut everyone up or simply create inquiries as to what you mean.
Categorization can have similar effects on conversations as dismission, but using the former allows your hostility to remain latent, and what's the fun of that?