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Commentary on Tony Blair's "The Persuasive Ineffectiveness of Arguing and Arguments"

Michel Dufour
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The most general thesis held by Professor Blair in this paper is that “persuasion” and “argument” overlap but do not coincide. Of course, it is difficult to make sense of the coincidence of two things as different as the psychological state of persuasion and an argument (taken either as an assertion with considerations supposed to support it, or as a kind of communicational exchange). The tenet of Blair’s title, namely the observation that arguments are “not terribly effective as a means of persuasion” supports this view of a relative independence of persuasion from argument. But it also raises a question. Since we spend much time and energy at arguing and arguments are not terribly effective at persuasion, isn’t this energy stupidly lost?
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Michel Dufour. Commentary on Tony Blair's "The Persuasive Ineffectiveness of Arguing and Arguments". Proceedings of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA) 12th Conference: Evidence, Persuasion & Diversity. Windsor: University of Windsor. 3-6 juin 2020. ⟨hal-03942052⟩

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