Dialectical Relevance and Dialogical Context in Walton's Pragmatic Theory
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Informal Logic, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 102-128, 2008
The notions of types of dialogue and dialectical relevance are central themes in Walton’s work and the grounds for a dialectical approach to many fallacies. After outlining the dialogue models constituting the background of Walton’s account, this article presents the concepts of dialectical relevance and dialogue shifts in their application to biased argumentation, fallacious moves, and illicit argumentative strategies. Showing the different dialectical proposals Walton advanced in several studies on argumentation as a development of a dialogical system, it has proved possible to highlight the fundamental aspects of his theory in a comprehensive model of communication and interaction.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Relevance, Dialogue Shifts, Communication Context, Implicit Commitments, Walton’s Dialectical TheoryAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 23, 2011
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