Johnson on the Metaphysics of Argument

Argumentation 16 (3):277-286 (2002)
This paper responds to two aspects of Ralph Johnson's Manifest Rationality (2000). The first is his critique of deductivism. The second is his failure to make room for some species of argument (e.g., visual and kisceral arguments) proposed by recent commentators. In the first case, Johnson holds that argumentation theorists have adopted a notion of argument which is too narrow. In the second, that they have adopted one which is too broad. I discuss the case Johnson makes for both claims, and possible objections to his analysis
Keywords deductivism  formal deductive logic  kisceral arguments  natural language deductivism  Ralph Johnson  the metaphysics of argument  visual arguments
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