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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

Abduction, argument from effect to cause, inference to the best explanation, presentational device, strategic manoeuvring

Start Date

18-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

Since everyday abductive arguments convey the arguer’s individual interpretation of reality, they often exhibit a weak relationship between the premise and the conclusion. After all, what seems obvious to the arguer may appear far-fetched to an opponent. This paper examines some presentational devices that contribute to an arguer’s rhetorical goal of presenting the argument in such a way that the conclusion is suggested to be the result of a thorough investigative procedure.

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The strategic formulation of abductive arguments in everyday reasoning

University of Windsor

Since everyday abductive arguments convey the arguer’s individual interpretation of reality, they often exhibit a weak relationship between the premise and the conclusion. After all, what seems obvious to the arguer may appear far-fetched to an opponent. This paper examines some presentational devices that contribute to an arguer’s rhetorical goal of presenting the argument in such a way that the conclusion is suggested to be the result of a thorough investigative procedure.