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The Aesthetics of Argument

Martin Warner


Argument and imagination are often interdependent. This book is concerned with how this relationship may bear on argument’s concern with truth, not just persuasion, and with the enhancement of understanding such interdependence may bring. The rationality of argument, conceived as the advancement of reasons for or against a claim, is not simply a matter of deductive validity. Whether arguments are relevant, have force, or look foolish—or whether an example is telling or merely illustrative—cannot always be assessed in these terms. A series of case studies explores how analogy, metaphor, narrati ... More

Keywords: analogy, argument, imagery, imagination, judgement, literature, narrative, rationality, truth, understanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Warner, author
University of Warwick