Pragma-Dialectics and the Function of Argumentation

Christoph Lumer
2008 Argumentation: an international journal on reasoning  
This contribution discusses some problems of Pragma-Dialectics and explains them by its consensualistic view of the function of argumentation and by its philosophical underpinnings. It is suggested that these problems can be overcome by relying on a better epistemology and on an epistemological theory of argumentation. On the one hand Pragma-Dialectics takes unqualified consensus as the aim of argumentation, which is problematic, (sect. 2) on the other it includes strong epistemological and
more » ... onalistic elements (sect. 3). The problematic philosophical underpinnings of Pragma-Dialectics, specifically Critical Rationalism as well as Logical Constructivism and Dialogic Logic of the Erlangen School, are among the sources of this incoherence (sect. 4). A detailed critique of the Pragma-Dialectical discussion rules shows the negative consequences of this foundation and indicates how they could be avoided (sects. 5-6).
doi:10.1007/s10503-008-9118-7 fatcat:3usdfivppfbk3litt5t2l5aahq