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    Arguments that Backfire
    In D. Hitchcock & D. Farr (eds.), The Uses of Argument, Ossa. pp. 58-65. 2005.
    One result of successful argumentation – able arguers presenting cogent arguments to competent audiences – is a transfer of credibility from premises to conclusions. From a purely logical perspective, neither dubious premises nor fallacious inference should lower the credibility of the target conclusion. Nevertheless, some arguments do backfire this way. Dialectical and rhetorical considerations come into play. Three inter-related conclusions emerge from a catalogue of hapless arguers and backfi…Read more
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    Stalking the wild paradox
    Metaphilosophy 19 (1). 1988.