July 14, 2012
In this paper, I try to reach past our theories and capture a conception of argument held by practitioners.
Argumentation, while it seldom resolves issues, does create conditions under which collective intentions can more securely be ascribed.
But how do people who disagree--often deeply--manage to locate the shared premises they need in order to have an argument?
What practical means do arguers who have little motivation to cooperate with each other nevertheless manage to force each other to make some propositions the unchallenged starting points or premises of arguments?