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In this essay I critically examine the standard logical approach to analyzing conductive arguments by adding a missing on-balance premise. From a linguistic perspective, I argue that current efforts to justify adding a missing on-balance premise rest on a misconception of the contrastive import introduced by indicators like even though. I clarify t...
In a book published in 1971, Challenge and Response: Justification in Ethics, Carl Wellman introduces the notion of “conduction” to refer to a particular type of reasoning.
Argument by analogy has long been regarded as the characteristic way of arguing in ancient Chinese culture. Classic Chinese philosophers not only prefer to use analogy to argue for their own views, but also take efforts to theorize it in a systematic way. This paper aims to provide a careful study on the relevant ideas in ancient China in order to...
This paper argues that conductive arguments may be understood from a rhetorical perspective. It demonstrates that conductive arguments can be regarded as a particular mode of strategic maneuvering , and their uses can be adequately analyzed and evaluated by adopting the theoretical tools developed in extended Pragma-Dialectics. Moreover , it conten...
This book gathers the proceedings of the conference "Cultures of Mathematics and Logic," held in Guangzhou, China. The event was the third in a series of interdisciplinary, international conferences emphasizing the cultural components of philosophy of mathematics and logic. It brought together researchers from many disciplines whose work sheds new...
China has a longstanding tradition of stressing the values of harmony and coherence, and Chinese society has often been portrayed as a culture in which conflict avoidance is viewed more positively than direct confrontation and argumentation. In order to evaluate the validity of this claim, this paper sketches Chinese people’s feelings and understan...
This paper addresses the issue of the relationship between Ralph Johnson’s idea of dialectical tier and the critical scrutiny function in argument. We first give a concise articulation of the critical view of argument, and then probe into both the apparent similarities and deep discrepancies between the critical view of argument and Johnson’s views...