Argument and Its Uses (OSSA 2005 Keynote Address)

J. Anthony Blair


Do not define argument by its use to persuade. for other uses of arguments exist. An argument is a proposition and a reason for it. and argumentation is an interchange involving two or more parties resulting in the assertion of one or more arguments coupled with anticipated or actual critical responses. A logically good argument has grounds adeq uate for the purposes at hand (true, probable, plausible, acceptable to the audience) and the grounds provide adequate support for the conclusion. The norms for good logic in arguments are different from the norms for the good use of arguments.


argument. argumentation. persuasion, uses of arguments. informal logic. good argument, dialectic. rhetoric. Toulmin

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