Adversariality and Argumentation

Informal Logic 40 (1):77-108 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The concept of adversariality, like that of argument, admits of significant variation. As a consequence, I argue, the question of adversarial argument has not been well understood. After defining adversariality, I argue that if we take argument to be about beliefs, rather than commitments, then two considerations show that adversariality is an essential part of it. First, beliefs are not under our direct voluntary control. Second, beliefs are costly both for the psychological states they provoke and for the fact that they are causally related to our actions. As a result, argument involving agreement can also be understood to be adversarial.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,310

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Defining Deduction.Mark Vorobej - 1992 - Informal Logic 14 (2).
Rationality and the Role of the Will in Belief Acquisition.Laurie Anne Catherine Pieper - 1993 - Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
The Value of Topoi.J. P. Zompetti - 2006 - Argumentation 20 (1):15-28.
What a Real Argument Is.Ben Hamby - 2012 - Informal Logic 32 (3):313-326.

Analytics

Added to PP
2020-03-02

Downloads
26 (#443,125)

6 months
2 (#276,659)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?