Refining Hitchcock’s Definition of ‘Argument’


David Hitchcock, in his recent “Informal Logic and the Concept of Argument” (2007), defends a recursive definition of ‘argument.’ I present and discuss several problems that arise for his definition. I argue that refining Hitchcock’s definition in order to resolve these problems reveals a crucial, but minimally explicated, relation that was, at best, playing an obscured role in the original definition or, at worst, completely absent from the original definition.

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Copyright © 2009, Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. This article first appeared in Proceedings of the 8th OSSA Conference, Argument Cultures (2009).

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