By Maurice A. Finocchiaro
Meta-arguments are arguments approximately a number of arguments, or argumentation normally. They distinction to ground-level arguments, that are approximately common phenomena, historic occasions, human activities, summary entities, and so on. even supposing meta-arguments are universal in all components of human cognitive perform, and even though implicit reports of them are present in many works, and even supposing a couple of particular scholarly contributions exist, meta-argumentation hasn't ever been tested explicitly, at once, and systematically in book-length therapy. This lacuna is mainly unlucky simply because such therapy can supply not just an knowing of a different category of arguments, but additionally a promising manner of doing good judgment and argumentation concept. this can be the 1st booklet that makes an attempt a scientific remedy of meta-arguments, supplying either a demonstration of the meta-argumentational method of logical thought, and an research of an extremely wealthy selection of meta-arguments. First, it elaborates an empirical method derived in part from a severe appreciation of Stephen Toulmin's applied-logic method, and partially from a unique program of the author's historical-textual technique. Then it examines theoretical meta-arguments, via such students as Tony Blair, Robert Fogelin, Alvin Goldman, Trudy Govier, David Hitchcock, Ralph Johnson, Henry Johnstone, Erik Krabbe, Frans van Eemeren, Carl Wellman, and John Woods, on such subject matters as defining argument, tools of feedback, deep disagreements, and conductive or pro-and-con arguments. Thirdly, it experiences well-known meta-arguments by means of such classics as John Stuart Mill, David Hume, and Galileo Galilei, on such issues as freedom of debate, women's liberation, the lifestyles of God and clever layout, and the movement of the earth.
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