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    Others and Imagination in Reasoning and Argumentation: Improving Our Critical Creative Capacity.D. Baumtrog Michael - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (2):129-151.
    Contemporary argumentation theories highlight the importance of Others for contributing to and critiquing an individual’s reasoning and/or argumentation. Reasoners and arguers are encouraged to interact with imagined constructs such as a community of model interlocutors or universal audience. These model interlocutors are theoretically meant to bring to mind reasons and counter-considerations that may not have been conceived of otherwise so as to improve the overall quality of an instance of reasoning or argumentation. Overlooked, however, is the impact of differing individual’s (...)
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    Announcement.From the Editors - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (2):1.
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  3. Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy: The Living Art of Michael C. Leff.Hyra Curtis, Scott Blake & W. Tindale Christopher - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (2):152-160.
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  4. Practical Argumentation as Reasoned Advocacy.Marcin Lewiński - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (2):85-113.
    The paper offers a theoretical investigation into the sources of normativity in practical argumentation. The chief question is: Do we need objectively-minded, unbiased arguers or can we count on “good” argumentative processes in which individual biases cancel each other out? I address this question by analysing a detailed structure of practical argument and its varieties, and by discussing the tenets of a comparative approach to practical reason. I argue that given the comparative structure proposed, reasoned advocacy in argumentative activity upholds (...)
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    Steering Into the Skid: On the Norms of Critical Thinking.Jeffrey Maynes - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (2):114-128.
    Cognitive bias presents as a pressing challenge to critical thinking education. While many have focused on how to eliminate or mitigate cognitive bias, others have argued that these biases are better understood as result from adaptive reasoning heuristics which are, in the right conditions, rational modes of reasoning about the world. This approach presents a new challenge to critical thinking education: if these heuristics are rational under the right conditions, does teaching critical thinking undermine student abilities to reason effectively in (...)
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    Critical Review of Arguing With People by Michael Gilbert.J. Anthony Blair - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (1):70-84.
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    Argument or Explanation: Who is to Decide?Dufour Michel - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (1):23-41.
    Granting that arguments and explanations that answer a why-question are the products of two species of the activity of reason-giving, do they make an exclusive and exhaustive classification? The orthodox distinction between argument and explanation already faces some tough cases, which are discussed. This paper shows that most of the criteria used to distinguish argument and explanation on the basis of the status of their conclusions cause tough cases to proliferate unless a debatable decision is made. This suggests that the (...)
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    The Role of Quasi-Logical Arguments in Critical Dialogue: A Pragma-Dialectical Redefinition.Iva Svačinová - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (1):42-69.
    The article focuses on the New Rhetoric’s concept of quasi-logical arguments imitating logical or mathematical demonstrations, and examines it from point of view of pragma-dialectics as a device contributing towards resolving the difference of opinion. It is shown that the category of quasi-logical arguments cannot be considered as an argument scheme or a united type of strategic maneuvering. It is suggested to consider the category of quasi-logical arguments as a cluster of specific strategic maneuvers increasing the efficiency of arguments under (...)
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    Conductive Argument as a Mode of Strategic Maneuvering.Yun Xie - 2017 - Informal Logic 37 (1):2-22.
    This paper is to argue that conductive arguments could be understood from a rhetorical perspective. It contends that conductive arguments can be regarded as a particular mode of strategic maneuvering, rather than a new type of argument. Moreover, it demonstrates that the use of conductive arguments can be adequately analyzed and evaluated by adopting the theoretical tools developed in the extended Pragma-Dialectics.
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