, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 233-254

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Burden of proof

  • Douglas N. WaltonAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Winnipeg

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This paper presents an analysis of the concept of burden of proof in argument. Relationship of burden of proof to three traditional informal fallacies is considered: (i) argumentum ad hominem, (ii) petitio principii, and (iii) argumentum ad ignorantiam. Other topics discussed include persuasive dialoque, pragmatic reasoning, legal burden of proof, plausible reasoning in regulated disputes, rules of dialogue, and the value of reasoned dialogue.

Key words

Argumentation persuasion dialogue fallacies rhetoric informal logic pragmatics presumption