Talk:Motte and bailey
Even though Motte and Bailey's are often intentional, they don't necessarily need to be. Some cases where they might not be intentional:
- The ambiguity might be subtle enough that speaker himself doesn't see the difference.
- The speaker might believe it is ok to hold both beliefs. This sometimes happens with modern churches, which will teach the literal version of God/Jesus and will also teach a more conceptual version. They'll do this to "cater to different people" or be more "open-minded".
- Perhaps the speaker believes the Motte is an adequate argument for the Bailey, essentially being an appeal to common sense.