Argumentation 6 (2):177-188 (1992)

Christopher Tindale
University of Windsor
This paper discusses the fundamental sense in which the components of an argument should be relevant to the intended audience. In particular, the evidence advanced should be relevant to the facts and assumptions that are manifest in the cognitive environment of the audience. A version of Sperber and Wilson's concept of the cognitive environment is applied to argumentative concerns, and from this certain features of audience-relevance are explored: that the relevance of a premise can vary with the audience; that irrelevant premises can be made relevant; that evidence can be relevant by degrees; and that this notion of relevance will assist the argumentation analyst in the identification and assessment of hidden premises
Keywords Audience-relevance  cognitive environment  common knowledge  hidden premise  mutual manifestness  relevance
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DOI 10.1007/BF00154324
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