Commentary on: Steven Patterson's "Are arguments abstract objects"


In “Are arguments abstract objects”, Steven Patterson first motivates the issue of the nature of arguments with some comments on my “Is argument subject to the product/process ambiguity?” He then turns to presenting and criticizing Simard-Smith and Moldovan’s account of arguments found in their “Arguments as abstract objects”. In the last section he explores an analogy between works of music and arguments that motivates him to propose treating ‘argument’ as an open concept. In what follows I will very briefly address some minor issues with his criticisms, but then focus most of my attention on his analogy and his resulting proposal.

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Copyright © 2013, Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. This article first appeared in Proceedings of the 10th OSSA Conference: Virtues of Argumentation (2013).

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