Argumentation and distortion

Episteme 4 (3):382-401 (2007)
Why is there so much misrepresentation of arguments in public forums? Standard explanations, such as self-interested biases, are insufficient. An additional part of the explanation is our commitment to, or belief in, norms that disallow responses that amount to no firm judgment, as contrasted with definite agreement or disagreement. In disallowing no-firm-judgment responses, these norms deny not only degrees of support or dissent and a variety of ways of suspending judgment, but also indifference. Since these norms leave us with only constricted options that are very intellectually demanding, in accepting these norms we impose on ourselves a pressure to justify our judgment that lends itself to relief through misrepresentation or distortion
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.3366/E1742360007000159
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 36,586
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Belief's Own Ethics.J. Adler - 2002 - MIT Press.
Change in View.Gilbert Harman - 1986 - MIT Press.

View all 13 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Epistemic Relativism and Reasonable Disagreement.Alvin Goldman - 2010 - In Richard Feldman & Ted Warfield (eds.), Disagreement. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 187-215.
Argument Quality and Cultural Difference.Siegel Harvey - 1999 - Argumentation 13 (2):183-201.
Normativity and Practical Judgement.Onora O'Neill - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3):393-405.
Rational Agnosticism and Degrees of Belief.Jane Friedman - 2013 - Oxford Studies in Epistemology 4:57.


Added to PP index

Total downloads
107 ( #60,131 of 2,303,713 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #273,839 of 2,303,713 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature