A Systematic Theory of Argumentation: The Pragma-dialectical Approach

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 216 pages
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In this book two of the leading figures in argumentation theory present a view of argumentation as a means of resolving differences of opinion by testing the acceptability of the disputed positions. Their model of a 'critical discussion' serves as a theoretical tool for analyzing, evaluating and producing argumentative discourse. This is a major contribution to the study of argumentation and will be of particular value to professionals and graduate students in speech communication, informal logic, rhetoric, critical thinking, linguistics, and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The realm of argumentation studies
9
The philosophical estate
11
The theoretical estate
18
The analytical estate
22
The empirical estate
27
The practical estate
31
A program for the study of argumentation
37
Analysis as reconstruction
95
Transformations in an analytical reconstruction
100
The justification of a reconstruction
110
Making an analytic overview
118
Rules for a critical discussion
123
Conceptions of reasonableness in the study of argumentation
127
A dialectical notion of reasonableness
131
The pragmadialectical discussion procedure
135

A model of a critical discussion
42
New rhetorics and new dialectics
44
Metatheoretical principles of pragmadialectics
52
Dialectical stages in the process of resolving a difference
57
Pragmatic moves in the resolution process
62
Relevance
69
From interpretation to analysis
73
Integration of Searlean and Gricean insights
75
A pragmadialectical notion of relevance
80
The identification of a relevance problem
84
Conditional relevance
87
Fallacies
158
Fallacies and the concept of a critical discussion
162
The pragmadialectical discussion procedure and the analysis of fallacies
174
Examples of an analysis of some wellknown fallacies
175
Fallacies and implicit language use
180
The identification of fallacies
184
A code of conduct for reasonable discussants
187
Ten commandments for reasonable discussants
190
References
197
Index
207
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