Persuasive Definitions: Values, Meanings and Implicit Disagreements
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
University of Windsor
Informal Logic, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 203-228, 2008
The purpose of this paper is to inquire into the relationship between persuasive definition and common know-ledge (propositions generally accepted and not subject to dispute in a discussion). We interpret the gap between common knowledge and persuasive definition (PD) in terms of potential disagreements: PDs are conceived as implicit arguments to win a potential conflict. Persuasive definitions are analyzed as arguments instantiating two argumentation schemes, argument from classification and argu-ment from values, and presupposing a potential disagreement. The argumen-tative structure of PDs reveals different levels of disagreement, and different pos-sibilities of resolving the conflict or causing dialogical deadlock.
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Keywords: clarification dialogues, communication failure, conflicts of meanings, conflicts of values, emotive meaning, quasi-definitions, value-based argumentationAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 23, 2011
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