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The Strategic Formulation Of Abductive Arguments In Everyday Reasoning, Henrike Jansen May 2016

The Strategic Formulation Of Abductive Arguments In Everyday Reasoning, Henrike Jansen

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Since everyday abductive arguments convey the arguer’s individual interpretation of reality, they often exhibit a weak relationship between the premise and the conclusion. After all, what seems obvious to the arguer may appear far-fetched to an opponent. This paper examines some presentational devices that contribute to an arguer’s rhetorical goal of presenting the argument in such a way that the conclusion is suggested to be the result of a thorough investigative procedure.


Argumentative Patterns In Discourse, Frans H. Van Eemeren, Bart Garssen May 2013

Argumentative Patterns In Discourse, Frans H. Van Eemeren, Bart Garssen

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This paper discusses the ways in which argumentative discourse prototypically manifests itself. As a consequence of the institutional preconditions applying to the strategic manoeuvring taking place in specific communicative activity types, certain context-dependent argumentative patterns of standpoints, argument schemes and argumentation structures can be observed. Because of their interest in the extent to which argumentative discourse is context-dependent, pragma-dialecticians are out to discover such specific patterns. As a case in point, the authors discuss some institutionally motivated argumentative patterns in parliamentary debate in the European Parliament.


Argumentation, Decision And Rationality, Fabio Paglieri May 2013

Argumentation, Decision And Rationality, Fabio Paglieri

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From a decision theoretic perspective, arguments stem from decisions made by arguers. Despite some promising results, this approach remains underdeveloped in argumentation theories, mostly because it is assumed to be merely descriptive. This assumption is mistaken: considering arguments as the product of decisions brings into play various normative models of rational choice. The challenge is rather to reconcile strategic rationality with other normative constraints relevant for argumentation, such as inferential validity and dialectical appropriateness.


The Use Of Hyperbole In The Argumentation Stage, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans May 2013

The Use Of Hyperbole In The Argumentation Stage, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans

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In this paper I investigate what role the stylistic device of hyperbole can play in arguers’ strategic maneuvers in the argumentation stage of a discussion. First, I give an analysis of the general effects the use of hyperbole may have in argumentative discourse. Next, I specify how hyperbole may contribute to arguers’ dialectical and rhetorical aims in the argumentation stage of a discussion.


Conflict And Consultation: Strategic Manoeuvring In Response To An Antibiotic Request, Nanon Labrie, Douglas Walton May 2011

Conflict And Consultation: Strategic Manoeuvring In Response To An Antibiotic Request, Nanon Labrie, Douglas Walton

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In recent years, the model of shared decision-making has become increasingly promoted as the preferred standard in doctor-patient communication. As the model considers doctor and patient as coe-qual partners that negotiate their preferred treatment options in order to reach a shared decision, shared de-cision-making notably leaves room for the usage of argumentation in the context of medical consultation. A paradigm example of argumentative conflict in consultation is the discussion that emerges between doctors and their patients concerning antibiotics as a method of treatment for what is presumed to be a viral infec-tion. In this paper, a case of such argumentative ...


Strategic Manoeuvring In Simultaneous Discussions, Dima Mohammed, Robert C. Rowland May 2011

Strategic Manoeuvring In Simultaneous Discussions, Dima Mohammed, Robert C. Rowland

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In public political discussions, an accusation of inconsistency can play a role in a number of discussions that run simultaneously. In this paper, I discuss the implications of considering the different simultaneous discussions to which the accusation contributes when examining it. While the different politi-cal considerations derived from these discussions can shed significant light on the strategic function of the accusation, such considerations may also lead to an inconsistent critical evaluation of it.