Tambalacoque: For a formal account of the gist of a scholarly argument

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Scholarly and scientific texts are about inquiry1, and ideally conform to principles of rational argmnent2. The same applies to the discourse, or dialogue, of which these texts are part). Out of the duo 'argumentation' (whose allegiance is to
correct reasoning) and 'rhetoric' (whose allegiance is to persuasion4: of some second or third party5), it is usually admitted and assumed that scholarly texts and discourses owe allegiance to the former6. And that, because scholarly enterprises seek truth7, and owing to implicit assumptions to the effect that truth needs no embellishment, and that devices known to be prone to fallacies must be avoided8
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)135-146
JournalKnowledge Organization
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


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