Argumentation 30 (3):221-245 (2016)

In this paper, I review and compare major literature on goals in argumentation scholarship, aiming to answer the question of how to take the different goals of arguers into account when analysing and evaluating public political arguments. On the basis of the review, I suggest to differentiate between the different goals along two important distinctions: first, distinguish between goals which are intrinsic to argumentation and goals which are extrinsic to it and second distinguish between goals of the act of arguing and goals of argumentative interactions. Furthermore, I propose to analyse public political arguments as multi-purposive activity types and reconstruct the argumentative exchanges as a series of simultaneous discussions. This enables us to examine public political arguments from a perspective in which the intrinsic goals of argumentation are in principle instrumental for the achievement of the socio-political purposes of argumentation, and consequently, it makes our assessment of the argumentative quality of the argument also indicative of the quality of the socio-political processes to which the arguments contribute.
Keywords Act of arguing  Activity types  Argumentative interactions  Constitutive goal  Dialogue types  Extrinsic goals  Emancipatory potential  European Parliament  Function of argumentation  Intrinsic goals  Purposes of argumentation  Simultaneous discussions  Uses of argumentation
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-015-9370-6
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