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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

Conductive argument, Pragma-Dialectics, Rhetorical perspective, Strategic maneuvering

Start Date

2016 9:00 AM

End Date

2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

The topic of conductive argument has attracted much attention in recent argumentation studies, but most of the existing discussions are centered on a logical or epistemological perspective. This paper is to argue that conductive arguments could also be understood from a rhetorical perspective, and to offer a Pragma-dialectical point of view regarding to the likelihood and importance of conductive arguments. In particular, it is contended that the mentioning of counter-considerations in a conductive argument is mainly for some rhetorical concerns in order to achieve better persuasiveness in audience. On that basis, it is argued that conductive arguments can be theorized as a particular mode of strategic maneuvering, rather than a new type of argument. Then it demonstrates that the use of conductive arguments can be analyzed and evaluated in an adequate way by adopting the theoretical tools and the normative standards pertinent to strategic maneuvering.

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Arguing Conductively or Arguing Strategically?

University of Windsor

The topic of conductive argument has attracted much attention in recent argumentation studies, but most of the existing discussions are centered on a logical or epistemological perspective. This paper is to argue that conductive arguments could also be understood from a rhetorical perspective, and to offer a Pragma-dialectical point of view regarding to the likelihood and importance of conductive arguments. In particular, it is contended that the mentioning of counter-considerations in a conductive argument is mainly for some rhetorical concerns in order to achieve better persuasiveness in audience. On that basis, it is argued that conductive arguments can be theorized as a particular mode of strategic maneuvering, rather than a new type of argument. Then it demonstrates that the use of conductive arguments can be analyzed and evaluated in an adequate way by adopting the theoretical tools and the normative standards pertinent to strategic maneuvering.