The Epistemology of Anger in Argumentation

Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 5 (2):229-254 (2018)
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While anger can derail argumentation, it can also help arguers and audiences to reason together in argumentation. Anger can provide information about premises, biases, goals, discussants, and depth of disagreement that people might otherwise fail to recognize or prematurely dismiss. Anger can also enhance the salience of certain premises and underscore the importance of related inferences. For these reasons, we claim that anger can serve as an epistemic resource in argumentation.

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Catherine Elisabeth Hundleby
University of Windsor
Moira Howes
Trent University


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