Relevance in argumentation [electronic resource] / Douglas Walton.
- Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, c2004.
1 online resource (289 p.)
- Electronic books.
- In Relevance in Argumentation, author Douglas Walton presents a new method for critically evaluating arguments for relevance. This method enables a critic to judge whether a move can be said to be relevant or irrelevant, and is based on case studies of argumentation in which an argument, or part of an argument, has been criticized as irrelevant. Walton's method is based on a new theory of relevance that incorporates techniques of argumentation theory, logic, and artificial intelligence. The work uses a case-study approach with numerous examples of controversial arguments,
- Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Table of Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Examples of Irrelevant Arguments; 2 Historical Background; 3 Textbook Treatments of Irrelevance; 4 The Problem of Analyzing Relevance; 5 The Dialectical Nature of Relevance; 6 Evidence and Methods for Making Relevance Judgments; 7 Fallacies of Irrelevance; 8 Relevance in Legal Argumentation and Political Debate; Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -297 ) and indexes.
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