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One-Sided Arguments: A Dialectical Analysis of Bias (Suny Series in Logic and Language)

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We often feel that an argument should be doubted or held as suspicious because it has a bias. But bias isn't always wrong. It is a normal phenomenon in advocacy argumentation, and in many cases it is to be expected. Yet sometimes bias can be quite harmful in argumentation. In this book, bias is defined as one-sided advocacy of a point of view in argumentation. It is shown to be harmful, or properly subject to critical condemnation, only when the dialogue exchange is supposed to be a balanced, two-sided exchange of viewpoints.<P>The book concedes the postmodernist premise that bias is quite normal in everyday conversational arguments, and that a finding of bias should not, by itself, constitute grounds for criticizing an argument as critically deficient or fallacious. But the book strongly disagrees with the postmodernist conclusion that no standard of rationality can be brought to bear to condemn narrowly interest-based or one-sided arguments as biased. It is argued that in some cases narrow, one-sided partisanship in an argument is justifiably a basis for negative criticism of the worth of the argument.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-286) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780791442685
Author:
Walton, Douglas
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Location:
Albany, NY :
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Reasoning
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Debates and debating
Subject:
Language and logic
Subject:
Prejudice
Subject:
Bias (Psychology)
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Logic
Series:
Suny Series in Logic and Language
Series Volume:
6130
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
8.97x5.94x.66 in. .90 lbs.

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