Argumentation in Theory and Practice: Gap or Equilibrium?

Tone Kvernbekk


ABSTRACT: It is not uncommon, in argumentation and in various professions, to diagnose a gap between theory and practice; and in the next step argue that they should be brought into line with each other. But what does this mean? I shall argue that some version of a gap is sound, as it leaves theory with a critical, independent role in relation to practice – something that an equilibrium view does not.


Balance, bridge, Dewey, equilibrium, gap, Goodman, Johnson, practice, theory, Toulmin

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ISSN: 0824-2577