Argumentative Thinking: An Introduction to the Special Issue on Psychology and Argumentation

Lance J. Rips


This special issue of Informal Logic brings together a num-ber of traditions from the psychology and philosophy of argument. Psycho-logists’ interest in argument typically arises in understanding how indivi-duals form and change their beliefs. Thus, theories of argument can serve as models of the structure of justi-fications for belief, as methods of diagnosing errors in beliefs, and as prototypes for learning. The articles in this issue illustrate all three of these connections.


argumentation, fallacies, inference, learning, reasoning

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ISSN: 0824-2577