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    A normative framework for argument quality: argumentation schemes with a Bayesian foundation

    Hahn, Ulrike and Hornikx, J. (2016) A normative framework for argument quality: argumentation schemes with a Bayesian foundation. Synthese 193 (6), pp. 1833-1873. ISSN 0039-7857.

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    Abstract

    In this paper, it is argued that the most fruitful approach to developing normative models of argument quality is one that combines the argumentation scheme approach with Bayesian argumentation. Three sample argumentation schemes from the literature are discussed: the argument from sign, the argument from expert opinion, and the appeal to popular opinion. Limitations of the scheme-based treatment of these argument forms are identified and it is shown how a Bayesian perspective may help to overcome these. At the same time, the contributions of the standard scheme-based approach are highlighted, and it is argued that only a combination of the insights of different traditions will yield a complete normative theory of argument quality.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Argumentation, Rationality, Testimony, Evidence, Inference
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 12:51
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 13:39
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15562

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