Location

University of Windsor

Document Type

Keynote

Keywords

argumentative practice, descriptive approach, meta-discourse, norms

Start Date

22-5-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

25-5-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

Many French-speaking approaches to argumentation are deeply rooted in a linguistic background. Hence, they "naturally" tend to adopt a descriptive stance on argumentation. This is the reason why the issue of "the virtues of argumentation" – and, specifically, the question of what makes an argument virtuous – is not central to them. The argumentative norms issue nevertheless cannot be discarded, as it obviously is crucial to arguers themselves: the latter often behave as if they were invested with some kind of argumentative policing duty when involved in dissensual exchanges. We propose to account for a number of researches developing a descriptive approach to such an ordinary argumentative police: we claim that the virtues of argumentation may be an issue even for an amoral analyst. We will connect this issue with linguistic remarks on the lexicon of refutation in English and in French.

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May 22nd, 9:00 AM May 25th, 5:00 PM

The virtues of argumentation from an amoral analyst's perspective

University of Windsor

Many French-speaking approaches to argumentation are deeply rooted in a linguistic background. Hence, they "naturally" tend to adopt a descriptive stance on argumentation. This is the reason why the issue of "the virtues of argumentation" – and, specifically, the question of what makes an argument virtuous – is not central to them. The argumentative norms issue nevertheless cannot be discarded, as it obviously is crucial to arguers themselves: the latter often behave as if they were invested with some kind of argumentative policing duty when involved in dissensual exchanges. We propose to account for a number of researches developing a descriptive approach to such an ordinary argumentative police: we claim that the virtues of argumentation may be an issue even for an amoral analyst. We will connect this issue with linguistic remarks on the lexicon of refutation in English and in French.