We, the Professional Sages: Analytic philosophy’s arrogation of argument

Argument Cultures: Proceedings of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (2009)
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One claim reiterated with increasing boldness by the “analytic” tradition in philosophy is that what sets it apart from long-time rivals is a shared adherence to proper norms of argumentation. Gradated deviancy from this canon by English-speaking practitioners has therefore raised important questions about who can repair under the banner “professional philosopher.” We will portray as deeply worrisome the idea that argumentation should secure not just conclusions, but disciplinary membership as well.

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Marc Champagne
Kwantlen Polytechnic University


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