Reflective Argumentation: A Cognitive Function of Arguing

  title={Reflective Argumentation: A Cognitive Function of Arguing},
  author={M. Hoffmann},
Why do we formulate arguments? Usually, things such as persuading opponents, finding consensus, and justifying knowledge are listed as functions of arguments. But arguments can also be used to stimulate reflection on one’s own reasoning. Since this cognitive function of arguments should be important to improve the quality of people’s arguments and reasoning, for learning processes, for coping with “wicked problems,” and for the resolution of conflicts, it deserves to be studied in its own right… Expand
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