Crucial Concepts in Argumentation Theory by Frans H. van Eemeren

By Frans H. van Eemeren

The most important innovations in Argumentation thought is a set of essays that debate a sequence of vital matters within the examine of argumentation. The essays describe the thoughts which are the most important to argumentational examine and a few of the methods those recommendations were approached. The essays discover such concerns as issues of view, unexpressed premises, argument schemes, argumentation constructions, fallacies, argument interpretation and reconstruction, and argumentation in legislations. all the essays offers readers with an outline of the literature which can function some degree of departure for additional research.

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Commitment" better defines what an analyst should be aiming for when he or she is interpreting an argument than the concept of intention. Another advantage is that the concept of commitment is linked to that of context; commitments, whether in real life or in argument analysis, are attributed on the basis of the text and the context. The link between a speaker's intentions and the context is much less clear. In practice, it is therefore easier to decide what someone is committed to than what he or she intended; in most cases, commitments can be attributed on the basis of what someone has said in a certain way in a certain situation.

When the context is not taken into consideration in a given case, it seems virtually impossible to identify the unexpress€d premises. Many theorists have stressed that contextual information is often decisive in making analytical decisions and that the context should therefore be included in our analyses. Several problems, however, need to be resolved. 1 The Meaning of'Context' \. ;~~~t=~;;t; -~dofother information that may somehow playa role in that text. This rather broad definition makes it hard to pin down what the exact relevant context in a specific case is, let alone allow one to decide what the proper unexpressed premise is in the specific context.

C. Condit, and S. Caudill (1999). Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: A Reader. New York/London: The Guilford Press. S. (1965). ). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. rPiazza, E (1995). " In: Eemeren, EH. van, R. A. A. , \\ : L_,Conference on ArgumentatIOn. Amsterdam: Sic Sat, 146-150. :' ~ Rescher,N. (1964). Introduction to Logic. Martin's Press. ~' Solmsen, E (1929). Die Entwicklung der aristotelischen Logik und Rhetorik. ' Berlin: Weidemann. 1 Introduction Someone who advances argumentation presupposes, in principle, that the advanced premise will be seen as an acceptable proposition and that this premise is linked, in an adequate way, to the standpoint he wishes to defend.

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