Rejecting the Urge to Theorise in Fallacy Inquiry

Argumentation 18 (1):61-94 (2004)

Abstract
In this paper, I examine the incessant call to theory that is evident in fallacy inquiry. I relate the motivations for this call to a desire to attain for fallacy inquiry certain attributes of the theoretical process in scientific inquiry. I argue that these same attributes, when pursued in the context of philosophical inquiry in general and fallacy inquiry in particular, lead to the assumption of a metaphysical standpoint. This standpoint, I contend, is generative of unintelligibility in philosophical discussions of rationality. I claim that this same unintelligibility can be shown to characterise fallacy inquiry, an example of the study of argumentative rationality. The context for my claim is an examination of the theoretical pronouncements of two prominent fallacy theorists, John Woods and Douglas Walton, in relation to the argument from ignorance fallacy. My conclusion takes the form of guidelines for the post-theoretical pursuit of fallacy inquiry
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1023/B:ARGU.0000014818.10143.32
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 47,195
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Naturalistic Fallacy.Julia Tanner - 2006 - Richmond Journal of Philosophy 13.
Ad Baculum.John Woods - 1976 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 2 (1):133-140.
Plato and the "Socratic Fallacy".W. J. - 1998 - Phronesis 43 (2):97-113.
Plato and the "Socratic Fallacy".William Prior - 1998 - Phronesis 43 (2):97 - 113.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-08-24

Total views
19 ( #492,197 of 2,289,525 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #307,720 of 2,289,525 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature