, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 169–184

Dialogue theory for critical thinking


  • Douglas N. Walton
    • Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Winnipeg

DOI: 10.1007/BF00128147

Cite this article as:
Walton, D.N. Argumentation (1989) 3: 169. doi:10.1007/BF00128147


A general outline of a theory of reasoned dialogue is presented as an underlying basis of critical analysis of a text of argument discourse. This theory is applied to the analysis of informal fallacies by showing how textual evidence can be brought to bear in argument reconstruction. Several basic types of dialogue are identified and described, but the persuasive type of dialogue is emphasized as being of key importance to critical thinking theory.

Key words

Argument analysis dialogue theory informal fallacies criticism persuasion presumption

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