Not just rational, but also reasonable: critical testing in the service of external uses of public political arguments

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Abstract

If a good argument is indeed the “one that fulfills its purpose”, then considering the multiple purposes of a (public political) argument becomes indispensable for its assessment. But different purposes may be in conflict, resulting in an inconsistent assessment. In this paper, I argue in favour of considering the distinction between rationality and reasonableness in order to solve this complication and arrive at a non-fragmented and consistent assessment of the quality of public political arguments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation and Reasoned Action
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1st European Conference on Argumentation
EditorsDima Mohammed, Marcin Lewiński
PublisherCollege Publications
Pages499-514
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1-84890-211-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventArgumentation and Reasoned Action: 1st European Conference on Argumentation - Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 Jun 201512 Jun 2015
Conference number: 1

Conference

ConferenceArgumentation and Reasoned Action
Abbreviated titleECA
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period9/06/1512/06/15

Keywords

  • accountability
  • critical testing
  • deliberation
  • European Parliament
  • political argument
  • purpose of argument
  • rationality
  • reasonableness

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    Mohammed, D. (2016). Not just rational, but also reasonable: critical testing in the service of external uses of public political arguments. In D. Mohammed, & M. Lewiński (Eds.), Argumentation and Reasoned Action: Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Argumentation (pp. 499-514). College Publications.