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Argumentation

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 279-293

Shedding Dialectical Tiers: A Social-Epistemic View

  • Jonathan E. AdlerAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Brooklyn College and the Graduate School

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Abstract

Is there a duty to respond to objections in order to present a good argument? Ralph Johnson argues that there is such a duty, which he refers to as the “dialectical tier“ of an argument. I deny the (alleged) duty primarily on grounds that it would exert too great a demand on arguers, harming argumentation practices. The valuable aim of responding to objections, which Johnson 's dialectical tier is meant to satisfy, can be achieved in better ways, as argumentation is a social-epistemic activity.

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