Teleological Justification of Argumentation Schemes

Artificial Intelligence and Law, 27, 20, 2013, 111-142

30 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013

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Douglas Walton

University of Windsor

Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: October 2, 2013

Abstract

Argumentation schemes are forms of reasoning that are fallible but correctable within a self-correcting framework. Their use provides a basis for taking rational action or for reasonably accepting a conclusion as a tentative hypothesis, but they are not deductively valid. We argue that teleological reasoning can provide the basis for justifying the use of argument schemes both in monological and dialogical reasoning. We consider how such a teleological justification, besides being inspired by the aim of directing a bounded cognizer to true belief and correct choices, needs to take into account the attitudes of dialogue partners as well as normative models of dialogue and communicative activity types in particular social and cultural settings.

Keywords: argumentation, dialogues, defeasible reasoning, attack

Suggested Citation

Walton, Douglas and Sartor, Giovanni, Teleological Justification of Argumentation Schemes (October 2, 2013). Artificial Intelligence and Law, 27, 20, 2013, 111-142. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2335094

Douglas Walton (Contact Author)

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Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department ( email )

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