Argumentation 20 (4):495-510 (2006)

Jan Albert Van Laar
University of Groningen
According to pragma-dialectical methodology, a party in an argumentative discussion can be assumed to manoeuvre strategically between dialectical and rhetorical objectives. One confrontational form of strategic manoeuvring occurs when a critic charges an arguer with advancing a standpoint that has socially harmful consequences. In special situations this form of manoeuvring can be dialectically sound, for example when the standpoint is advanced in a way that damages the dialectical process. The boundary between fallacious and dialectically sound applications of this form of manoeuvring is examined by looking for the manoeuvring’s soundness conditions
Keywords confrontation stage  dialectical profile  negative consequences  standpoint  strategic manoeuvring
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-007-9036-0
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