Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning

The Concept of Argument

A Philosophical Foundation

Authors: Wohlrapp, Harald R.

  • Outlines a thoroughly reflected philosophical fundament of the concept of argument and its role in the growth of knowledge
  • Proposes a pragmatic and more nuanced understanding of the concept of argumentative practice and the role of subjectivity in the dynamics of argument
  • Deploys fascinating historical and contemporary case studies from the French Revolution to today’s embryo debate
  • Critically examines axiomatic ‘rational’ arguments, such as economic ones, to expose the need to transcend the limitations of subjectivity
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Arguing that our attachment to Aristotelian modes of discourse makes a revision of their conceptual foundations long overdue, the author proposes the consideration of unacknowledged factors that play a central role in argument itself. These are in particular the subjective imprint and the dynamics of argumentation. Their inclusion in a four-dimensional framework (subjective-objective, structural-procedural) and the focus on thesis validity allow for a more realistic view of our discourse practice. Exhaustive analyses of fascinating historical and contemporary arguments are provided. These range from Columbus’s advocacy of the Western Passage to India, over the trial of King Louis XVI during the French Revolution, to today’s highly charged controversies surrounding euthanasia and embryo research.

Excavating foundational issues such as the purpose of argument itself (assent of an audience or critical examination of validity claims) and the contested role of argument as a generator of knowledge, the book culminates in a discussion of the relationship between rationality and reasonableness and criticizes the restrictions of ‘rational’ argument relying on fixed logical, economic or cultural criteria that in reality are mutable. Here, a true, open argument requires the infusion of Paul Lorenzen’s principle of ‘transsubjectivity’, which recognizes but transcends the partiality of the individual and which can be seen in the pragmatic and expanding consensus that humanity can control itself to safeguard the future of a fragile, damaged world.

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“The book is intended to be a contribution to contemporary argumentation theory. Wohlrapp’s main goal in this book is to provide a philosophical foundation for a theory of argumentation … . philosophers and argumentation theorists alike will find plenty to engage with in this voluminous book. … it is a welcome addition to the literature on argumentation theory.” (Moti Mizrahi, Metascience, Vol. 24, 2015)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Concept of Argument
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical Foundation
Authors
Series Title
Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8762-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8762-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8761-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0685-6
Series ISSN
2214-9120
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LXII, 443
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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