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G.C. GodduFollow

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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

acts, argument, argument standard, enthymeme, expressions, propositions

Start Date

18-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

An enthymeme is often defined as an argument with a missing component or an argument with an unexpressed component. Roy Sorensen, in “Are Enthymemes Arguments?”, argues against the possibility of enthymemes being arguments at all, but he assumes that arguments are abstract objects. I shall present and explore some more metaphysically neutral arguments against enthymemes as arguments and ultimately conclude that while not conclusive, the most viable option is Sorensen’s—enthymemes are not arguments.

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May 18th, 9:00 AM May 21st, 5:00 PM

On the Very Concept of an Enthymeme

University of Windsor

An enthymeme is often defined as an argument with a missing component or an argument with an unexpressed component. Roy Sorensen, in “Are Enthymemes Arguments?”, argues against the possibility of enthymemes being arguments at all, but he assumes that arguments are abstract objects. I shall present and explore some more metaphysically neutral arguments against enthymemes as arguments and ultimately conclude that while not conclusive, the most viable option is Sorensen’s—enthymemes are not arguments.