What is a "Real" Argument?


Numerous informal logicians and argumentation theorists restrict their theorizing to what they call “real” arguments. But is there a clear distinction to be made between “real” and “non-real” arguments? Here I explore four possible accounts of the alleged distinction and argue that none can serve the theoretical uses to which the distinction is most often put.

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Copyright © 2007, Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. This article first appeared in Proceedings of the 7th OSSA Conference, Dissensus & the Search for Common Ground (2007), 1-9.

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