Argumentation 22 (4):521-529 (2008)

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Robert B. Talisse
Vanderbilt University
Scott Aikin
Vanderbilt University
Abstract
Restating an interlocutor’s position in an incredulous tone of voice can sometimes serve legitimate dialectical ends. However, there are cases in which incredulous restatement is out of bounds. This article provides an analysis of one common instance of the inappropriate use of incredulous restatement, which the authors call “modus tonens.” The authors argue that modus tonens is vicious because it pragmatically implicates the view that one’s interlocutor is one’s cognitive subordinate and provides a cue to like-minded onlookers that dialectical opponents are not to be treated as epistemic peers
Keywords Argumentation  Rhetoric  Modus tonens  Tone of voice
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-008-9103-1
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