Relevance, Conduction and Canada's Rape-Shield Decision

Derek Allen


I examine a Canadian Supreme Court decision concerning the constitutionality of Canada's 1982 rape-shield legislation, and suggest how material from the decision might profitably be used in an informal-logic class in connection with the topics of relevance and conductive argument. I also consider theoretical matters related to the decision: first I develop two analyses of what I call an argument from 'unchasteness' and connect them to George Bowles's theory of propositional relevance; then I present Trudy Govier with a problem in response to which she might revise her account of a conductive argument in a way I describe.


Canadian Supreme Court decision, Canada's 1982 rape-shield legislation, informal logic class, relevance, conductive argument; "argument from 'unchasteness"', George Bowles's theory of propositional relevance, Trudy Govier's account of a conductive argument.

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ISSN: 0824-2577