Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by
Dr. Hans V. Hansen
CRRAR Fellow, Argumentation Studies Faculty
“Authority and Agreement”
Abstract: About arguments from authority (or expertise) most theorists say that it is a necessary condition for good arguments of this kind that the larger community of relevant experts should agree with the cited authority. I call this the Ag-con Condition. After reviewing some of the schemes that have been proposed as characterizing arguments from authority, we are led to three problems stemming from the inclusion of Ag-con: (1) The dilemma problem, (2) the scheme problem, and (3) the regress problem. These are genuine problems, I think, when lay arguers lean on authority arguments for support. Having recognized the problems, an attempt is made to overcome them.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Memorial Hall, Room 105
All are welcome