Practical Argumentation in the Making: Discursive Construction of Reasons for Action

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Abstract

The goal of this chapter is to catalogue ways in which practical argumentation (PA)—argumentation aimed at deciding on a course of action—is produced discursively in deliberative discussions. This is a topic largely neglected in the literature on PA focused primarily on the abstract features of practical inference. I connect to this literature by arguing that the complex scheme of PA inferentially hinges on three different principles for rationally selecting means to achieve the desired goal: the means have to be either the best, satisfactory or necessary in order to ground the practical inference and thus be adopted. Based on these theoretically-derived distinctions, I scrutinise the linguistic indicators of the three types of means-goal inferences of PA. As a corpus, I use a set of official European Union policy documents called Transforming Europe’s energy system released in Brussels in July 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation and Language — Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations
EditorsSteve Oswald, Thierry Herman, Jérôme Jacquin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG
Chapter10
Pages219-241
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-73972-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameArgumentation and Language — Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations
Volume32
ISSN (Print)1566-7650
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1907

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    Lewiński, M. (2018). Practical Argumentation in the Making: Discursive Construction of Reasons for Action. In S. Oswald, T. Herman, & J. Jacquin (Eds.), Argumentation and Language — Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations (pp. 219-241). (Argumentation and Language — Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations; Vol. 32). SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73972-4_10