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argument, persuasion, effective persuasion, argue

Start Date

5-6-2020 10:00 AM

End Date

5-6-2020 11:00 AM

Abstract

Arguments intended to persuade have a chequered success record. Quite aside from failing to resolve deep disagreements, they are an inefficient means of persuasion in commerce and politics, and the persistence of competing schools of thought in numerous fields of scientific and scholarly theorizing despite argued advocacy also raises questions about arguing's persuasive effectiveness. Yet humans are irredeemably reason-expecting and reason-giving creatures. This paper offers some possible explanations of this paradoxical situation.

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The persuasive ineffectiveness of arguing and arguments

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Arguments intended to persuade have a chequered success record. Quite aside from failing to resolve deep disagreements, they are an inefficient means of persuasion in commerce and politics, and the persistence of competing schools of thought in numerous fields of scientific and scholarly theorizing despite argued advocacy also raises questions about arguing's persuasive effectiveness. Yet humans are irredeemably reason-expecting and reason-giving creatures. This paper offers some possible explanations of this paradoxical situation.