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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

argumentation theory, criticism, idealizations, normativity, pragma-dialectics

Start Date

18-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

In this paper I develop and defend a form of argumentative normativity that is not based on fundamental principles. I first argue that research agendas that aim to discover (or claimed to have discovered) fundamental principles of ‘good’ argumentative discourse share one crucial weak spot, viz. circularity. I then argue that this weak spot can be avoided in a pancritical (Bartley, 1984) view of normativity.

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Normative Argumentation Theory Without Fundamental Principles

University of Windsor

In this paper I develop and defend a form of argumentative normativity that is not based on fundamental principles. I first argue that research agendas that aim to discover (or claimed to have discovered) fundamental principles of ‘good’ argumentative discourse share one crucial weak spot, viz. circularity. I then argue that this weak spot can be avoided in a pancritical (Bartley, 1984) view of normativity.