Relevance, Acceptability, and Sufficiency Today

Anthropology and Philosophy 8 (1/2):33-48 (2007)

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John Anthony Blair
University of Windsor
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In Logical Self-Defense , Johnson and I introduced the criteria of acceptability, relevance and sufficiency as appropriate for the evaluation of arguments in the sense of reasons offered in support of a claim. These three criteria have been widely adopted, but each has been subjected to a number of criticisms; and also 30 years of research have intervened. How do these criteria stand up today? In this paper I argue that they still have a place in argument analysis and evaluation, but in much-modified roles
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