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Fallacies in Transition: An Assessment of the Pragma-Dialectical Perspective

Cniversity of Windsor
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  • Argumentation
  • Audience
  • Fallacies
  • Objective Standards
  • Pragma-Dialectics
  • Rhetoric
  • Literature


The paper critically investigates the pragma-dialectics of van Eemeren and Grootendorst, particularly the treatment of fallacies. While the pragma-dialectieians claim that dialectics combines the logical and rhetorical approaches to argumentation, it is argued here that the perspective relies heavily on rhetorical features that have been suppressed in the account and that overlooking these features leads to significant problems in the pragma-dialectical perspective. In light of these problems, the author advocates turning attention to a rhetorical account which subsumes the logical and dialectical.

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