Harald R. Wohlrapp: The Concept of Argument: A Philosophical Foundation. Logic, Argumentation and Reasoning 4
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In this work, the fruit of some 30 years of research in the Hamburg argumentation group, the author proposes a new philosophical foundation for the study of argumentation. His theory can be briefly characterized as “pragmatic-dialectical”, since it is shaped by a Peircean pragmatism and a quasi-Hegelian dialectic. It is both more pragmatic and more dialectical than the Amsterdam pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation.
Readers are likely to find the book difficult to follow, because of its many new concepts and new definitions of old concepts. The present reviewer found it useful to write a close summary of the entire book, amounting to 84 single-spaced pages, and to have the author check it for accuracy. The summary is available from the present reviewer on request.
It hardly needs to be said that, despite its difficulty, the book deserves to be read carefully by anyone with a serious research interest in argumentation. It is not every day that a new philosophical basis for the...
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