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ERIC Number: ED136324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 18
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Argument as Hypothesis-Testing.
Zarefsky, David
The argumentative perspective enables rhetoric to function in a manner analagous to science or analytic philosophy, yielding reliable knowledge about nonempirical topics, which other methods cannot address. In short, argumentation is the equivalent of hypothesis-testing. Forensics should offer laboratory experience in developing this perspective of communication; implications for theory, which concern the wording of the proposition, the role of presumption, the suspension of disbelief, case development, counterplans, and the nature of decision making, must also be taken into account. Because argumentation is a generative process, users' opinions differ as to its purpose and product. The choice of a rhetorical paradigm must finally depend on an assessment of its functionalism. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (62nd, San Francisco, California, December 1976)