Why the Dialectical Tier is an Epistemic Animal

In S. & Maillat Oswald (ed.), Argumentation and Inference. Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Argumentation, Fribourg 2017. London, UK: pp. 11-22 (2018)

Scott Aikin
Vanderbilt University
Ralph Johnson has proposed a “two tiered” conception of argument, comprising of the illative core and the dialectical tier. This paper's two-part thesis is that (i) the dialectical tier is best understood as an epistemic requirement for argument, and (ii) once understood epistemically, the dialectical tier requirement can be defended against the leading objections.
Keywords Ralph Johnson  dialectical tier  epistemic theory of argument  argumentation theory
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