Good argumentation without resolution

Posted on 13 July 12


Goodwin, Jean. “Good Argumentation without Resolution “. In Proceedings of  the Fourth International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, edited by Frans H. van Eemeren, Rob Grootendorst, J. Anthony Blair and Charles A. Willard. 255-57. Amsterdam: SicSat, 1999.

In some approaches, norms for argumentation are based on taking resolution of differences of opinion as the primary goal of the practice. A case study of the debate over US entry into the first Gulf War shows that there can be good argumentation that does not aim at resolution. At a minimum, this suggests that theorists should recognize multiple functions of argumentation, and in particular, one basic function:  making reason apparent.

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