, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 393–410

The Port-Royal Logic's Theory of Argument

  • Maurice A. Finocchiaro

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007756105432

Cite this article as:
Finocchiaro, M.A. Argumentation (1997) 11: 393. doi:10.1023/A:1007756105432


This is a critical examination of Antoine Arnauld's Logic or the Art of Thinking (1662), commonly known as the Port-Royal Logic. Rather than reading this work from the viewpoint of post-Fregean formal logic or the viewpoint of seventeenth-century intellectual history, I approach it with the aim of exploring its relationship to that contemporary field which may be labeled informal logic and/or argumentation theory. It turns out that the Port-Royal Logic is a precursor of this current field, or conversely, that this field may be said to be in the same tradition.

Reasoning argumentation theory informal logic Port-Royal Logic 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurice A. Finocchiaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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