Argumentation 30 (1):97-108 (2016)

Jean H.M. Wagemans
University of Amsterdam
The practice of justifying scientific explanations generates argumentative patterns in which several types of arguments may play a role. This paper is aimed at identifying these patterns on the basis of an exploration of the institutional conventions regarding the nature, the shape and the quality of scientific explanations as reflected in the writings of influential philosophers of science. First, a basic pattern for justifying scientific explanations is described. Then, two types of extensions of this pattern are presented. These extensions are derived from philosophical accounts of requirements for the quality of explanations and the choice of the best explanation from a number of candidate explanations respectively. The description of the second extension will make clear how pragmatic argumentation plays a role in argumentative patterns within the scientific domain.
Keywords Abduction  Academic communication  Argumentative pattern  Causal argumentation  Inference to the best explanation  Pragma-dialectics  Pragmatic argumentation  Scientific explanation
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-015-9374-2
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