The aim usually is to win the argument and/or to engage in a conflict for the sole purpose of wasting time through arguments, not to potentially discover a true or probable answer to any specific question or topic. Eristic is arguing for the sake of conflict as opposed to the seeking of conflict resolution.
Philosophical Eristic 
Different from Plato, Schopenhauer considers that only logic pursues truth. For him, dialectic, sophistry and eristic have no objective truth in view, but only the appearance of it, and pay no regard to truth itself because it aims at victory. He names these three last methods as "eristic dialectic (contentious argument)."
According to Schopenhauer, Eristic Dialectic is mainly concerned to tabulate and analyze dishonest stratagems, so that they may at once be recognized and defeated, in order to continue with a productive dialectic debate. It is for this very reason that Eristic Dialectic must admittedly take victory, and not objective truth, for its selfish aim and purpose.
Argumentation theory 
Argumentation theory is a field of study that asks critical questions about eristic arguments and the other types of dialogue.
See also 
- H. D. Rankin (1983). Sophists, socratics and cynics p233-237
- Controversial Dialectic on CoolHaus.de accessed at January 19, 2008
- In his Dialectica Eristica Schopenhauer presents 38 eristic stratagems
- Schopenhauer, Arthur. Eristische Dialektik, 1830.
- Arthur Schopenhauer's Eristische Dialektik:
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