A Dialectical Tier Within Reason

Amy J. Ohler


The first part of this essay argues that the specification of rationality operating in Manifest Rationality does not allow for the inclusion of the dialectical tier as a necessary component of a rational product. It next considers Perelman's conception of "reasonableness" as an alternative to Johnson's structural sense of rationality. Adopting a contextually rich conception of rationality, like that of Perelman, allows Johnson to insist that a rational product must consist of both an illative core and a dialectical tier.


dialectical tier, manifest raitonality, Perelman, rationality, reasonableness, rhetoric

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22329/il.v23i1.2154

ISSN: 0824-2577