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    Why Logic Doesn‘t Matter in the Study of Argumentation
    Argumentation 11 (2): 211-224. 1997.
    Philosophically, the study of argumentation is important because it holds out the prospect of an interpretation of rationality. For this we need to identify a transcendent perspective on the argumentative interaction. We need a normative theory of argumentation that provides an answer to the question: should the hearer accept the argument of the speaker. In this article I argue that formal logic implies a notion of transcendence that is not suitable for the study of argumentation, because, from …Read more
  •  24
    Reading Bernard Williams
    Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254): 184-186. 2014.
    status: published.
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    Engelen van de wereld. Hedendaagse filosofen over democratie
    with Wilfried Goossens
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (2): 406-407. 2002.
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    In Toleranz im Konflikt and in other works the German philosopher Rainer Forst presents an intricate interpretation of tolerance as a moral-political virtue. His aim is to resolve many of the well-known paradoxes by distinguishing different components of tolerance and distinguishing the reasons that we may have for objecting, accepting or rejecting certain practices and views. Good ethical reasons for objecting to certain practices and views do not morally justify their suppression by legal mean…Read more
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    How should we look back on the history and the origins of our ethical outlook and our way of life? We know that in the past, strange and appalling ethical views and practices have enjoyed widespread and sincere support. Yet we do not regard our contemporary outlook – to the extent that we do, at the present, have a common outlook – as one option among many. However bemused we may feel in ethical matters, at least on some issues we claim to have reasons that are good . If we do not object to the …Read more
  •  24
    Power, norms and theory. A meta-political inquiry
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1-23. 2015.
    Realism criticizes the idea, central to what may be called ‘the priority view’, that philosophy has the task of imposing from the outside general norms of morality or standards of reasonableness on politics understood as the domain of power. According to realism, political philosophy must reveal the specific standards internal to the political practice of handling power appropriately and as it develops in actual circumstances. Framed in those terms, the debate evokes the idea that political powe…Read more
  •  28
    Transcendence, truth, and argumentation
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 41 (4). 1998.
    According to Thomas Nagel we have a natural impulse to transcend our personal point of view. However, it appears to be difficult to give this notion of transcendence any real content while maintaining a connection with everyday speech and behaviour. In this essay I show that the description of what happens in a discussion when a speaker convinces a listener suggests an interesting interpretation of transcendence. The notion of 'truth' linked to the listener who is being convinced introduces a no…Read more
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    Consensus and power in deliberative democracy
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 49 (3). 2006.
    How does public discussion contribute to the reasonableness with which power is exercised in a democracy? Contemporary answers to this question (such as formulated by Rawls or Habermas), are often based upon two interconnected preconceptions. These are, 1. the idea that the value of public discussion lies primarily in the fact that citizens can reach a reasonable consensus through argumentation and discussion and, 2. the belief that the exercise of power is legitimate only if it is determined by…Read more
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    Perplexities of tolerance: Introduction
    with Barbara Segaert
    Bijdragen 71 (4): 351-357. 2010.
    status: published.
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    Philosophically, the study of argumentation is important because it holds out the prospect of an interpretation of rationality. For this we need to identify a transcendent perspective on the argumentative interaction. We need a normative theory of argumentation that provides an answer to the question: should the hearer accept the argument of the speaker. In this article I argue that formal logic implies a notion of transcendence that is not suitable for the study of argumentation, because, from …Read more
  • Democratie als filosofisch vraagstuk. Lezingen over macht, vertegenwoordiging en politiek
    with Wilfried Goossens, Frank Ankersmit, Herman De Dijn, Kris Deschouwer, and Jan Frans Lindemans
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 66 (2): 399-399. 2004.