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Volume 5, Issue 2, 2018

Skeptical Problems in Political Epistemology

Moira Howes, Catherine Hundleby
Pages 229-254
DOI: 10.5840/symposion20185218

The Epistemology of Anger in Argumentation

While anger can derail argumentation, it can also help arguers and audiences to reason together in argumentation. Anger can provide information about premises, biases, goals, discussants, and depth of disagreement that people might otherwise fail to recognize or prematurely dismiss. Anger can also enhance the salience of certain premises and underscore the importance of related inferences. For these reasons, we claim that anger can serve as an epistemic resource in argumentation.