Argumentation schemes and enthymemes

D. Walton, C. A. Reed

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    Abstract

    The aim of this investigation is to explore the role of argumentation schemes in enthymeme reconstruction. This aim is pursued by studying selected cases of incomplete arguments in natural language discourse to see what the requirements are for filling in the unstated premises and conclusions in some systematic and useful way. Some of these cases are best handled using deductive tools, while others respond best to an analysis based on defeasible argumentations schemes. The approach is also shown to work reasonably well for weak arguments, a class of arguments that has always been difficult to analyze without the principle of charity producing a straw man.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)339-370
    Number of pages32
    JournalSynthese
    Volume145
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

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