By Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen
Brooding about on difficulties of Argumentation is a set of twenty essays introduced jointly for somebody who's drawn to theoretical matters within the research of argumentation. This number of papers offers the reader an insightful and balanced view of the type of theoretical matters argumentation theorists are at the moment taken with. simply because many of the views on argumentation which are en fashion are represented, this quantity presents a multidisciplinary or even interdisciplinary outlook at the present situation in argumentation thought. a few of the contributions in considering on difficulties of Argumentation care for difficulties of argumentation which were famous as theoretical concerns for a substantial time, just like the difficulties of fallaciousness and deciding on argumentation buildings. different contributions speak about concerns that experience develop into a spotlight of cognizance just recently or regained their prominence, resembling the connection among dialectic and rhetoric, and the strategic use of the argumentative means of dissociation. In 5 separate sections papers are incorporated facing argumentative ideas, difficulties of norms of reasonableness and fallaciousness, kinds of argument and argument schemes the constitution of argumentation and ideas for advocacy and dialogue.
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121) this is the general pattern with rhetorical questions that are being used to make a proposal to accept something as a common starting point. Similar analyses of the function of rhetorical questions are given by other authors. Ilie (1994), for instance, also describes rhetorical questions as attempts by arguers to arrive at the same commitments: The addresser’s commitment to the implicit rhetorical answer is indicated by his/her conviction that there is no other possible answer to the rhetorical question.
As I have explained, using the presentational device of a rhetorical question can be a useful means of realizing important dialectical and rhetorical objectives in both the opening stage and the argumentation stage of a discussion. This, however, is not to say that the types of strategic manoeuvring to which the rhetorical question may be instrumental will always be in accordance with the rules for critical discussion. The manoeuvres in question may, of course, also go wrong and result in violations of these rules.
It is conceivable that the business world might consider this limitation, the consequence of which is that a person or organization lending financial support for a short period in time may not be called a sponsor, rather impracticable. 4 Discussion The pragma-dialectical approach sketched here has considerable advantages over the ones I treated earlier. In the first place, in Pragma-Dialectics, contrary to the other approaches, the criteria are systematically theoretically founded. They are derived from their functionality in the light of solving a difference of opinion, which in pragma-dialectics is considered as the primary aim of argumentative discourse.