The Problem of Unconceived Objections

Argumentation 28 (4):425-436 (2014)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this paper, I argue that, just as the problem of unconceived alternatives provides a basis for a New Induction on the History of Science to the effect that a realist view of science is unwarranted, the problem of unconceived objections provides a basis for a New Induction on the History of Philosophy to the effect that a realist view of philosophy is unwarranted. I raise this problem not only for skepticism’s sake but also for the sake of making a point about philosophical argumentation, namely, that anticipating objections to one’s claim is not the same as supporting one’s claim. In other words, defending p from objections does not amount to support or evidence for p. This, in turn, presents dialectical and pragma-dialectical approaches to argumentation with the following question: does proper argumentation require that arguers anticipate and respond to unconceived objections?
Reprint years
2014
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MIZTPO-2
Revision history
Archival date: 2013-11-06
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Manifest Rationality.Johnson, Ralph
Morals by Agreement.Gauthier, David

View all 60 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2013-11-06

Total views
395 ( #7,643 of 41,445 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
76 ( #6,833 of 41,445 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.