Arguing: Exchanging Reasons Face to Face (Lea's by Dale Hample

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She called this the rhetorical argu- 18 N CHAPTER 1 ment, and perhaps I should just pass by her use of this term, as well as the appearance of truth as a goal, without discussion. ” In a dialogic argument, at a minimum one must recognize an opposition between two assertions—that, on surface appearance at least, both are not correct. Evidence must then be related to each of the assertions, and, ideally, if the argument is to move toward resolution, this evidence needs to be weighed in an integrative evaluation of the relative merits of the opposing assertions.

11. The unfortunate beliefs are more likely to come into play on highly involving personal issues. These issues are precisely the ones that interpersonal scholars wish people would argue about more competently. 12. Naïve actors do not regard the presence or absence of reasons as critical in identifying something as an argument or not. For most scholars, this issue is defining and the source of the epistemic value of an argument. These contrasts make it clear that if argumentation studies were to take on the usual naïve theory of argument as its own, the idea of argument FRAMES FOR ARGUING N 33 would actually have to be reinvented to study the ways reasons can improve conclusions.

280–281, n. 4) had used propositions at that point but altered his view because he came to appreciate that arguing can involve nondiscursive elements. This view shows the orientation to controversy that I have discussed, but at least it also has no restriction to the effect that people aim only at a rational faculty when they argue. It is free of text and pointed toward the richness of interaction in seeking the means of arguing. Also focused on interaction were Jackson and Jacobs (1980), who carefully specified both the function and the structure of argument.

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