Title

Context And Argument Evaluation

Abstract

Does the correct evaluation of an argument depend on the context of the argument? Many might consider the answer to this question is obviously ‘no’ while others that it is obviously ‘yes’. One should most likely conclude that the answer is not yet obvious. In this paper I shall explore in more detail whether argument evaluation is context dependent. In section one, I shall provide and discuss some preliminary definitions and reduce the original question to the following: is it context dependent whether or not the premises adequately support the conclusion? In section two, I will explore this latter question and conclude that the correct evaluation of an argument does depend on the context of the argument. In section three, I shall conclude by making some brief comments about the nature of contexts.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2002

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2002, International Society for the Study of Argumentation. This article first appeared in the Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (2002).

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