International Law as an Argumentative Practice: On Wohlrapp's the Concept of Argument

7(1) Transnational Legal Theory (2016), Forthcoming

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-25

Amsterdam Center for International Law No 2016-12

17 Pages Posted: 9 May 2016 Last revised: 30 May 2016

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Ingo Venzke

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: May 9, 2016

Abstract

It has become a commonplace to view international law as an argumentative practice. This commonplace, it is argued, clouds strong differences that re-emerge with closer scrutiny. What, specifically, is the place of reason, rhetoric or violence in the practice of arguing? The present article explores the question of what it means to argue. Since this is a grand question, it approaches the topic in conversation with a grand book, Harald Wohlrapp’s The Concept of Argument: A Philosophical Foundation, recently published in English translation.

Keywords: International Law, Argumentation, Interpretative Communities, Reason, Rhetoric, Violence, Legal Validity

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Venzke, Ingo, International Law as an Argumentative Practice: On Wohlrapp's the Concept of Argument (May 9, 2016). 7(1) Transnational Legal Theory (2016), Forthcoming; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-25; Amsterdam Center for International Law No 2016-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777590

Ingo Venzke (Contact Author)

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