Pragma-Dialectics and the Function of Argumentation

Argumentation 24 (1):41-69 (2010)

Christoph Lumer
University Of Siena
This contribution discusses some problems of Pragma-Dialectics and explains them by its consensualistic view of the function of argumentation and by its philosophical underpinnings. It is suggested that these problems can be overcome by relying on a better epistemology and on an epistemological theory of argumentation. On the one hand Pragma-Dialectics takes unqualified consensus as the aim of argumentation, which is problematic, (Sect. 2) on the other it includes strong epistemological and rationalistic elements (Sect. 3). The problematic philosophical underpinnings of Pragma-Dialectics, specifically Critical Rationalism as well as Logical Constructivism and Dialogic Logic of the Erlangen School, are among the sources of this incoherence (Sect. 4). A detailed critique of the Pragma-Dialectical discussion rules shows the negative consequences of this foundation and indicates how they could be avoided (Sects. 5, 6)
Keywords Pragma-Dialectics  Function of argumentation  Consensualism  Unqualified consensus  Epistemological theory of argumentation  Epistemological rationality  Discussion rules  Dialogic Logic  Logical Constructivism  Erlangen School  Münchhausen-Trilemma  Externalization
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-008-9118-7
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