Relevance, Conduction and Canada's Rape-Shield Decision

Derek Allen
1993 Informal Logic  
I examine a Canadian Supreme Court decision concerning the constitutionality of Canada's 1982 rape-shield legislation, and suggest how material from the decision might profitably be used in an informal-logic class in connection with the topics of relevance and conductive argument. I also consider theoretical matters related to the decision: first I develop two analyses of what I call an argument from 'unchasteness' and connect them to George Bowles's theory of propositional relevance; then I
more » ... elevance; then I present Trudy Govier with a problem in response to which she might revise her account of a conductive argument in a way I describe.
doi:10.22329/il.v15i2.2477 fatcat:hrji7qfcujbhplrbxsxuxkgzby