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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

collective goals of arguers, constitutive goal of argumentation, critical testing, external uses of argumentation, individual aims of arguers, intrinsic function of argumentation, justifying, (rational) persuasion.

Start Date

22-5-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

25-5-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

In this paper, I critically examine the main accounts of goals in argumentative discourse, aiming to formulate an account that is suitable for the examination of public political arguments, where typically multiple legitimate goals are pursued simultaneously. Such arguments are viewed as contributions to what can be dialectically reconstructed as multiple simultaneous discussions, and are analysed as strategic manoeuvres that can under certain conditions be reasonable but may, if such conditions are violated, become fallacious.

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Rationality of argumentation aimed at multiple goals

University of Windsor

In this paper, I critically examine the main accounts of goals in argumentative discourse, aiming to formulate an account that is suitable for the examination of public political arguments, where typically multiple legitimate goals are pursued simultaneously. Such arguments are viewed as contributions to what can be dialectically reconstructed as multiple simultaneous discussions, and are analysed as strategic manoeuvres that can under certain conditions be reasonable but may, if such conditions are violated, become fallacious.