, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 165-179

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Virtue in Argument

  • Andrew AberdeinAffiliated withDepartment of Humanities and Communication, Florida Institute of Technology Email author 

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Virtue theories have become influential in ethics and epistemology. This paper argues for a similar approach to argumentation. Several potential obstacles to virtue theories in general, and to this new application in particular, are considered and rejected. A first attempt is made at a survey of argumentational virtues, and finally it is argued that the dialectical nature of argumentation makes it particularly suited for virtue theoretic analysis.


Ad hominem Logical universality Virtue epistemology Virtue ethics