Must a Successful Argument Convert an Ideal Audience?

Argumentation 31 (1):165-177 (2017)

Xingming Hu
NanJing University
Peter van Inwagen defines a successful argument in philosophy as one that can be used to convert an audience of ideal agnostics in an ideal debate. Sarah McGrath and Thomas Kelly recently argue that van Inwagen’s definition cannot be correct since the idea of ideal agnostics is incoherent with regard to an absolute paradigm of a successful philosophical argument. This paper defends van Inwagen’s definition against McGrath and Kelly’s objection.
Keywords Argument  Philosophy  Ideal agnostics  The epistemological approach  Peter van Inwagen
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