Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation

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Edward Schiappa
SUNY Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 330 pages
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This book brings together essays that demonstrate the art of argument evaluation. The essays apply a variety of theoretical approaches to specific, historically-situated arguments in order to render a specific normative judgment. By bringing to bear knowledge of argumentation theory along with expertise pertaining to the specific arguments under investigation, this book illustrates the utility of argument evaluation as a discrete mode of scholarly engagement.
 

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Contents

Evaluative Criteria for Conspiracy Arguments The Case of KAL 007
3
Narrative Refraining of Public Argument George Bushs Handling of the Persian Gulf Conflict
33
The Failure of Argument in Decisions Leading to the Challenger Disaster A TwoLevel Analysis
57
AXIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ARGUMENT EVALUATION
79
Aligning Ethicality and Effectiveness in Arguments Advocating Inclusiveness Percentages for the New Lutheran Church
81
An Ethical Appraisal of Ronald Reagans Justification for the Invasion of Grenada
103
I Respectfully Dissent The Ethics of Dissent in Justice OConnors Metro Broadcasting Inc v FCC Opinion
125
IDEOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ARGUMENT EVALUATION
153
Public Policy Argumentation and Colonialist Ideology in the PostCold War Era
211
ALTERNATIVE EVALUATIONS OF THE FINAL REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERALS COMMISSION ON PRONOGRAPHY
237
Examining an Argument by Cause The Weak Link Between Pornography and Violence in the Attorney Generals Commission on Pornography Final ...
239
Survivor Testimony in the Pornography Controversy Assessing Credibility in the Minneapolis Hearings and the Attorney Generals Report
257
Constituting Publics and Reconstructing Public Spheres The Meese Commissions Report on Pornography
283
About the Contributors
311
Notes
315
Name Index
323

Ideology and Argument Evaluation Competing Axiologies in the Sanctuary Trial
155
Arguing about Fetal versus Womens Rights An Ideological Evaluation
193

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About the author (1995)

Edward Schiappa is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at Purdue University. He is the author of Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy and Rhetoric and the editor of Landmark Essays on Classical Greek Rhetoric.