Informal Logic 29 (3):296-308 (2009)

A strong argument culture is characterized by at least five productive tensions, between: commitment and contingency, partisanship and restraint, personal conviction and sensitivity to the audience, reasonableness and subjectivity, and decision and non-closure. Differences in how communities manage these tensions explain why there are multiple argument cultures and, hence, why we need to understand arguing both within and among different cultures. The paper elaborates these five productive tensions, offers some examples of argument cultures that negotiate them in various ways, and considers what it means to argue across cultures in a world that is both increasingly diverse and increasingly atomized
Keywords argument culture, audience, contingency, cooperative argument, decision making, justification, reasonableness, risk
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