Informal Logic 31 (3):230-261 (2011)

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Andrei Moldovan
Universidad de Salamanca
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In recent discussions concerning the definition of argument, it has been maintained that the word ‘argument’ exhibits the process-product ambiguity, or an act/object ambigu-ity. Drawing on literature on lexical ambiguity we argue that ‘argument’ is not ambiguous. The term ‘argu-ment’ refers to an object, not to a speech act. We also examine some of the important implications of our argument by considering the question: what sort of abstract objects are arguments?
Keywords abstract object, act/object ambiguity, argument, definition, realism, speech act
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