A Self-Defeat Problem for the Rhetorical Theory of Argument

9 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2008

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Scott F. Aikin

Vanderbilt University - Philosophy Department

Date Written: September 20, 2008

Abstract

The rhetorical theory of argument, if held as a conclusion of an argument, is self-defeating. The rhetorical theory can be refined, but these refinements either make the theory subject to a second self-defeat problem or tacitly an epistemic theory of argument.

Keywords: Rhetoric, Epistemic theory of Argument, Tindale, Perelman, Crosswhite

Suggested Citation

Aikin, Scott F., A Self-Defeat Problem for the Rhetorical Theory of Argument (September 20, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1271344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1271344

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