In a recent discussion with a group of friends, we found ourselves in a situation where we appeared to be using the same word, but it became evident that we held different meanings for it. At that point, I requested a pause in the discussion to clarify the meaning of the word before continuing. However, I was accused of attempting to derail the conversation because it seemed like I was "losing" the debate and trying to shift the subject.
I'm interested in the philosophical perspective on whether my decision to seek a definition for the term, rather than continuing with potentially divergent interpretations, was a reasonable and valid approach to foster clarity and productive discourse. Can philosophy shed light on whether I was in the wrong here, or if such clarification requests are philosophically justified in discourse?