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ERIC Number: ED341080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 27
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Back to the Definitions Themselves: The Pragmatics of Intrinsic Justification.
Bahm, Kenneth
Such terms as "intrinsic justification,""intrinsicness," and "intrinsicality" are increasingly being heard in academic debate circles. Intrinsic justification consists of an argument which focuses evaluation of a resolutional term on the term's definitional contours. Essential qualities are defining characteristics that establish that an object or concept is a member of a larger category. The theory argues that for the sake of clash, debate should center on definitive qualities. Unfortunately, some advocates have misapplied the general notion of intrinsicness. There is a misconception that intrinsic justification delimits debate, promoting constantly shifting debate. The limits actually are the restrictions on the resolutional term's meaning. Another misconception suggests that if there are other causes to the harm or benefit claimed by one side, that harm or benefit is said to be "not intrinsic" to the asserted resolutional link. This claim confuses intrinsicness with uniqueness. Some argue wrongly that intrinsic justification ignores context. Furthermore, critics wrongly assume that intrinsic justification presumes to create essential definitions, that it amounts to either essentialism or the concept of a world of ideal forms, or that it seeks to foist some idea of phenomenological truth on debate. Properly conceived, intrinsic justification has potential in locating common ground and encouraging clash in debate by grounding discourse in the essential definitional components of a proposition's language. (Twenty-six references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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