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1-6-2005 9:00 AM

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1-6-2005 5:00 PM

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In Argument, Inference and Dialectic (2001) Pinto argues that critical practice can furnish us with the necessary guidance to answer our questions about argument and inference; we do not need to develop a theory of argument/inference. Pinto’s provocative remarks raise questions about the appeal to practice, and recall problems that Toulmin encounters in development of his innovative theory in The Uses of Argument (1958). In this paper, I juxtapose and reflect on these developments.

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Theory and Practice Again: Challenges from Pinto and Toulmin

McMaster University

In Argument, Inference and Dialectic (2001) Pinto argues that critical practice can furnish us with the necessary guidance to answer our questions about argument and inference; we do not need to develop a theory of argument/inference. Pinto’s provocative remarks raise questions about the appeal to practice, and recall problems that Toulmin encounters in development of his innovative theory in The Uses of Argument (1958). In this paper, I juxtapose and reflect on these developments.