On How to Get Beyond the Opening Stage

  • Erik C. W. Krabbe
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 14)
The opening stage - as many will know - is one of the four discussion stages contained in the familiar pragma-dialectical model of critical discussion (van Eemeren & Grootendorst, 1984, 1992, 2004), which constitutes a normative model for argumentative activities aimed at the resolution of a difference of opinion. It is one of the merits of this model that, in its description of the ideal argumentative process, it does not limit itself to argumentation in the proper, but narrow, sense of advancing arguments for a standpoint, but includes discussion stages where other necessary steps for the resolution of differences of opinion are located. Remember that there are just four stages, and that they are, in order, the following:
  1. 1.

    Confrontation Stage

  2. 2.

    Opening Stage

  3. 3.

    Argumentation stage

  4. 4.

    Concluding Stage.



Basic Premise Opening Stage Infinite Regress Argumentative Discussion Completion Problem 
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