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6-6-2007 9:00 AM

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9-6-2007 5:00 PM

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I present a “reduced” version of the fifteen Pragma-dialectical rules and inquire into their theoretical status as necessary conditions for a critical discussion. Questions: (i) In what respect is PD’s non-sufficiency a deficiency, (ii) can and (iii) must it be remedied? Brief answers: (i) with respect to defining the concept ‘critical discussion,’ (ii) possibly, (iii) yes, if, and only if, one seeks to identify the concept ‘critical discussion’; no, if PD is for fallacy-detection.

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Pragma-Dialectic’s Necessary Conditions for a Critical Discussion

University of Windsor

I present a “reduced” version of the fifteen Pragma-dialectical rules and inquire into their theoretical status as necessary conditions for a critical discussion. Questions: (i) In what respect is PD’s non-sufficiency a deficiency, (ii) can and (iii) must it be remedied? Brief answers: (i) with respect to defining the concept ‘critical discussion,’ (ii) possibly, (iii) yes, if, and only if, one seeks to identify the concept ‘critical discussion’; no, if PD is for fallacy-detection.