Second Order Intersubjectivity: The Dialectical Dimension of Argumentation

Argumentation 24 (1):85-105 (2010)

I propose a characterization of the dialectical dimension of argumentation by considering the activity of arguing as involving a “second order intersubjectivity”. I argue that argumentative communication enables this kind of intersubjectivity as a matter of the recursive nature of acts of arguing—both as justificatory and as persuasive devices. Calling attention to this feature is a way to underline that argumentative discourses represent the explicit part of a dynamic activity, “a mechanism of rational validation”, as Rescher showed, which is a practice that presupposes the possibility of attaining objectivity.
Keywords Acts of arguing  Argumentation  Dialectic  Dialectics  Intersubjectivity  Objectivity  Argumentative recursivity
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-009-9130-6
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