Arguments as Abstract Objects

Paul L. Simard Smith, Andrei Moldovan

Abstract


In recent discussions concerning the definition of argument, it has been maintained that the word ‘argument’ exhibits the process-product ambiguity, or an act/object ambigu-ity. Drawing on literature on lexical ambiguity we argue that ‘argument’ is not ambiguous. The term ‘argu-ment’ refers to an object, not to a speech act. We also examine some of the important implications of our argument by considering the question: what sort of abstract objects are arguments?

Keywords


abstract object, act/object ambiguity, argument, definition, realism, speech act.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22329/il.v31i3.3401

ISSN: 0824-2577