What is a “Real” Argument?

G.C. Goddu

Abstract


Numerous informal logicians and argumentation theorists restrict their theorizing to what they call “real” arguments. But is there a clear distinction to be made between “real” and “non-real” arguments?
Here I explore four possible accounts of the alleged distinction and argue that none can serve the theoretical uses to which the distinction is most often put.

Keywords


argument, actual, contrived, counterexample, everyday, genuine, hypothetical, informal logic, natural, specialized

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v29i1.682

ISSN: 0824-2577