Is the Theoretical Unity of the Fallacies Possible?

Informal Logic 16 (2) (1994)
Historically, the fallacies have been neglected as objects of systematic study. Yet, since Hamblin's famous criticism of the state of fallacy theory, a substantial literature has been produced. A large portion of this literature is the work of Douglas Walton and John Woods. This paper will deal directly with the criticism of that work which has been advanced by van Eemeren and Grootendorst, particularly the complaints found in their writings of 1992, concerning the disunification of the fallacies and the exemplaristic approach of Woods and Walton's theories. It proposes a unification of the theories of Woods and Walton with that of van Eemeren and Grootendorst, and suggests that such a unification could be advantageous to both theories, and highly interesting for fallacy theory in general
Keywords Concept-in-use, exemplar model, Woods-Walton Approach, fallacy theory, logicism, Lowenheim-Skolem theorem, neopythagoreanism, pragma-dialectic, reductionism, Stone representation theorem, summary representation, unification (one-way, two-way)
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