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Why We Argue (And How We Should)


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Introduction Part I: A Conception of Argument 1. Why Do We Argue? 2. Why Argument Matters 3. Public Argument in a Democratic Society 4. Deep Disagreements Part II: Case Studies in Public Argument 5. The Simple Truth Thesis 6. Pushovers 7. Tone of Voice 8. The Surprising Truth about Hypocrisy 9. Arguments by Analogy 10. Argumentation Between the Ads 11. Language, Spin, and Framing 12. Argument Online Part III: Repairing Public Argument 13. The Owl of Minerva Problem 14. Argumentative Responsibility and Argument Repair 15. Civility in Argument Index

About the Author

Scott F. Aikin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His previous books include Evidentialism and the Will to Believe (2014) and Epistemology and the Regress Problem (Routledge 2011). Robert B. Talisse is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of five books, including Engaging Political Philosophy (Routledge 2016), Pluralism and Liberal Politics (Routledge 2011), and Democracy and Moral Conflict (2009).


"Why We Argue, Second Edition is a timely and important book. The inability to have productive discussions on matters on which we deeply disagree poses a threat to our democracy, and it can affect our mental health as citizens as well. In their wide-ranging discussion, Aikin and Talisse characterize the nature of the challenges involved, and they make useful suggestions as to how we might go about addressing them. I highly recommend their book."

-Sanford Goldberg, Northwestern University

"Why We Argue (and How We Should), Second Edition continues to provide a superb introduction to reasoned argumentation and an explanation of why it is the lifeblood of healthy democratic practice. This well-timed edition equips readers with additional tools for analyzing when democratic discourse is derailed. Those who would contribute to the revitalization of democratic practice by taking responsibility for their own deliberative obligations will find genial guides in Aikin and Talisse."

-Lawrence Torcello, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

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