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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

Causal argument, conductive argument, convergent argument, conversational argument, face-to-face argument, sufficiency

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

In theory, flawed arguments are not individually sufficient to justify a conclusion, but several may converge to do so. This is an empirical study of how arguers respond to a series of imperfect causal arguments during a serious conversation. People became less critical of the flawed arguments as more of the arguments appeared. The study gives empirical evidence that ordinary arguers permit sufficiency to accumulate during an extended discussion.

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Convergent causal arguments in conversation

University of Windsor

In theory, flawed arguments are not individually sufficient to justify a conclusion, but several may converge to do so. This is an empirical study of how arguers respond to a series of imperfect causal arguments during a serious conversation. People became less critical of the flawed arguments as more of the arguments appeared. The study gives empirical evidence that ordinary arguers permit sufficiency to accumulate during an extended discussion.