, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 43–52 | Cite as

The Construction of Issues: Pleading Theory and Practice, Relevance in Pragmatics, and the Confrontation Stage in the Pragma-Dialectical Theory of Argumentation

  • Sebastian McEvoy


Legal theory and practice, particularly on the exchange of pleadings, are referred to as a means of examining current thinking in pragmatics on relevance. The rules of pleadings suggest that the concept of relevance as used in pragmatics is emptied of any meaning and that theories of argumentation have not sufficiently taken into account the preliminary construction which issues to be argued about require.

Pleading pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation relevance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian McEvoy
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  1. 1.Groupe de Sociologie Politique et MoraleEcole des hautes études en sciences socialesParisFrance

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