Informal Logic 35 (4):488-507 (2015)

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Gilbert Edward Plumer
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (PhD)
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If novels can be arguments, that fact should shape logic or argumentation studies as well as literary studies. Two senses the term ‘narrative argument’ might have are (a) a story that offers an argument, or (b) a distinctive argument form. I consider whether there is a principled way of extracting a novel’s argument in sense (a). Regarding the possibility of (b), Hunt’s view is evaluated that many fables and much fabulist literature inherently, and as wholes, have an analogical argument structure. I argue that a better account is that some novels inherently exhibit a transcendental argument structure.
Keywords transcendental argument  ethical criticism  narrative argument  Walter R. Fisher  analogical argument  Martha Nussbaum  novels  literary cognitivism  cognitive value of literature
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DOI 10.22329/il.v35i4.4333
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