Commentary on Erik C. W. Krabbe's "Winning and Losing for Arguers"


In “Winning and Losing for Arguers” Erik Krabbe points out that in both practice and theory the terms ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ are often applied to argumentative discussions. On the other hand, he also notes that there are theoretical discussions in which the application of these terms is dismissed. The question Krabbe then seeks to answer is: “Can the concepts of winning and losing be given a precise content in a way such that justice is done to these antagonistic views about their role in argumentation?” Krabbe’s answer to this question is ‘yes.’ His primary strategy for reaching this answer is to distinguish the victory sense of winning from the benefit sense of winning.

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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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