Functionalism, Normativity and the Concept of Argumentation

Steven W Patterson

Abstract


In her 2007 paper, “Argument Has No Function” Jean Goodwin takes exception with what she calls the “explicit function claims”, arguing that not only are function-based accounts of argumentation insufficiently motivated, but they fail to ground claims to normativity. In this paper I stake out the beginnings of a functionalist answer to Goodwin.

Keywords


functionalism, normativity, social goods, rational doxastic coordination, Goodwin

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v31i1.3013

ISSN: 0824-2577