Argument Explanation Complementarity and the Structure of Informal Reasoning

Gregory Randolph Mayes

Abstract


Abstract: Argument and explanation are distinct forms of reasoning with an underappreciated complementary relationship. In this essay I define these terms precisely, identify the mischief that results from conflating them, elucidate their complementary relationship and employ this relationship to provide a fruitful approach to analyzing the logical structure of the common editorial.

Keywords: argument, evidence, explanation, cause, complementarity, editorial.

Keywords


Keywords: argument, evidence, explanation, cause, complementarity, editorial.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v30i1.419

ISSN: 0824-2577