The Rejection of Testimony and the Normative Recommendation of Non-Fallacious 'ad hominem' Arguments Based on Hume's 'Of Miracles' and Canadian Law

Auslegung 27 (2):1 - 16 (2005)

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Joel Buenting
University of Alberta
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I have argued for the conclusion that nonfallacious ’ad hominem’ arguments are desirable and to commit them is to commit acts of intellectual responsibility. Arguing against a person, when legitimate, is the prerogative of any rational being. Hume commits himself to the argument and commits himself to it only as a judicious inquisitor responsible for the veracity of his own beliefs. The desirability of nonfallacious ’ad hominem’ ’attacks’ is clear from their extensive use and rhetorical power in courts of law. (edited)
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