Informal Logic 37 (1):23-41 (2017)

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Michel Dufour
Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle
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Granting that arguments and explanations that answer a why-question are the products of two species of the activity of reason-giving, do they make an exclusive and exhaustive classification? The orthodox distinction between argument and explanation already faces some tough cases, which are discussed. This paper shows that most of the criteria used to distinguish argument and explanation on the basis of the status of their conclusions cause tough cases to proliferate unless a debatable decision is made. This suggests that the orthodox distinction should be improved.
Keywords Argument  epistemic asymmetry  evidential reasons  explanation  explanatory reasons  reasons
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DOI 10.22329/il.v37i1.4523
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