, Volume 145, Issue 3, pp 339–370

Argumentation Schemes and Enthymemes


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-005-6198-x

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Walton, D. & Reed, C.A. Synthese (2005) 145: 339. doi:10.1007/s11229-005-6198-x


The aim of this investigation is to explore the role of argumentation schemes in enthymeme reconstruction. This aim is pursued by studying selected cases of incomplete arguments in natural language discourse to see what the requirements are for filling in the unstated premises and conclusions in some systematic and useful way. Some of these cases are best handled using deductive tools, while others respond best to an analysis based on defeasible argumentations schemes. The approach is also shown to work reasonably well for weak arguments, a class of arguments that has always been difficult to analyze without the principle of charity producing a straw man.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Applied ComputingUniversity of Dundee ParkWyndDundeeU.K.
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WinnipegManitobaCanada

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