Arguments as Abstract Objects


In recent discussions concerning the definition of argument, it has been maintained that the word ‘argument’ exhibits the process-product ambiguity, or (as in Goddu forthcoming) an act/object ambiguity. Drawing on literature on lexical ambiguity we argue that ‘argument’ is not ambiguous. The term ‘argument’ refers to an object, not to a speech act. We also examine some of the important implications of our argument by considering the question: what sort of abstract objects are arguments?

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Copyright © 2011, Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. This article first appeared in Proceedings of the 9th OSSA Conference, 2011. Argumentation: Cognition & Community (2011).

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