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By Douglas Walton, Professor Christopher Reed, Dr Fabrizio Macagno

ISBN-10: 0521723744

ISBN-13: 9780521723749

This booklet offers a scientific research of many universal argumentation schemes and a compendium of ninety six schemes. The learn of those schemes, or kinds of argument that catch stereotypical styles of human reasoning, is on the center of argumentation study. Surveying all elements of argumentation schemes from the floor up, the e-book takes the reader from the undemanding exposition within the first bankruptcy to the newest state-of-the-art within the study efforts to formalize and classify the schemes, defined within the final bankruptcy. It presents a scientific and complete account, with notation appropriate for computational functions that more and more utilize argumentation schemes.

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J . Reynolds is an expert on tobacco. ( C ) Johnston is an expert on tobacco. ( D ) Joh nston says that tobacco is not addictive (etc . ) Therefore, ( E) "Tobacco i s not addictive" may plausibly b e taken to be true. ( I n Figure 1 · 3· the scheme is again shown as a shaded outline; the greyed boxes indicate reconstructed c l ai ms that ha,·e been in troduced during the analysis rather than being presen t in the original . ) One problem here i s the slight dubiousness of the second premise, ( B ) , as a generalization .

Th us argument from analogy is an extremely important and fundamen tal species of argu men ta tion . S o much has been wri tten on it, in so many fields, i ncluding philosophy, cogn itive science, artifi­ cial i n telligence, linguistics, psycholob'Y· law. and computing. that we can barely scratch the surface here . Our more lim ited aim is to devl'lop tools that can be used to iden tify the precise form of argume n ts from anal­ ogy, allowi ng us to better understand its close relationsh ips with other important schemes, especially those represe n ting argument from verbal classification and argument from p recedent.

But he is an arrogant person who blocks off the attempt" of the nonspecialist audience to ask appropriate cri tical questions. Thus, by the Wal ton criterion , his argument comm i ts the ad verenmdiam fal lacy. And yet, suppose that the argumen t, when presen ted to an audience of spe­ cialist'>, who do not even need to ask these critical questions, is based on evidence in the field, making it presumptively strong. It may be too early to tel l what the best solution to this problem is. But it does suggest that the argumentation scheme for appeal to expert opin ion , even with the matching cri tical questions, may be only part of the answer when deal ing with the ad vrrrru ndia m fallacy.

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