, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 341–354 | Cite as

Fallacies, Blunders, and Dialogue Shifts: Walton‘s Contributions to the Fallacy Debate

  • Christopher W. TINDALE


The paper examines Walton‘s concept of fallacy as it develops throughthree stages of his work: from the early series of papers co-authored withJohn Woods; through a second phase of involvement with thepragma-dialectical perspective; and on to the final phase in which heoffers a distinct pragmatic theory that reaches beyond the perceived limitsof the pragma-dialectical account while still exhibiting a debt to thatperspective and the early investigations with Woods. It is observed how Walton‘s model of fallacy is established in distinction to its competitors,and its various problems and successes are discussed.

Dialogue shifts fallacy fallacy theory formal fallacies informal fallacies pragma-dialectics pragmatic theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher W. TINDALE
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Catharine Parr Traill CollegeTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada

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