Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines

Volume 31, Issue 3, Fall 2016

David Botting
Pages 5-21

Refutations and Sophistical Refutations—Logical or Dialectical Concepts?

In this paper I will defend a logical conception of refutations and fallacies against objections that are meant to show that a dialectical conception of refutations or fallacies is necessary. I will show that there is only one dialectical concept—not that of a thesis, as those favouring a dialectical analysis argue, but that of a concession—that may need to be added to a logical conception for such a conception to be adequate.