The Enthymeme Buster: A Heuristic Procedure for Position Exploration in Dialogic Dispute

Informal Logic 13 (3) (1991)
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Positions in dialogic dispute are presented enthymematically. It is important to explore the position the disputant holds. A model is offered which relies on the presentation of a counter-example to an inferred missing premiss. The example may be: [A+J embraced as falling under the rule; [A-] rejected as basically changing the position; or, [R] rejected as changing the proffered missing premiss. In each case the offered model indicates the next appropriate action. The focus of the model is on uncovering the position actually held by the disputant as opposed to identifying the "logically correct" enthymematic premiss



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Michael A. Gilbert
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Enthymematic Arguments.David Hitchcock - 1985 - Informal Logic 7 (2).
Unstated premises.Michael B. Burke - 1985 - Informal Logic 7 (2).
Enthymematic Consequence.Rolf George - 1972 - American Philosophical Quarterly 9 (1):113 - 116.

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