Dialectics, Evaluation, and Argument

Maurice A. Finocchiaro


A critical examination of the dialectical approach, focusing on a comparison ofthe illative and the dialectical definitions of argument. I distinguish a moderate, a strong and a hyper dialectical conception of argument. I critique Goldman's argument for the moderate conception and Johnson's argument for the strong conception, and argue that the moderate conception is correct.


argument, argumentation, argument evaluation, dialectical, dialectics, definitions of argument, illative, informal logic, Ralph H. Johnson, Alvin I. Goldman

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22329/il.v23i1.2152

ISSN: 0824-2577