Reconstructing Arguments: Formalization and Reflective Equilibrium

Brun, Georg (2014). Reconstructing Arguments: Formalization and Reflective Equilibrium. Logical analysis and history of philosophy, 17, pp. 94-129. Mentis

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Traditional logical reconstruction of arguments aims at assessing the validity of ordinary language arguments. It involves several tasks: extracting argumentations from texts, breaking up complex argumentations into individual arguments, framing arguments in standard form, as well as formalizing arguments and showing their validity with the help of a logical formalism. These tasks are guided by a multitude of partly antagonistic goals, they interact in various feedback loops, and they are intertwined with the development of theories of valid inference and adequate formalization. This paper explores how the method of reflective equilibrium can be used for modelling the complexity of such reconstructions and for justifying the various steps involved. The proposed approach is illustrated and tested in a detailed reconstruction of the beginning of Anselm’s De casu diaboli.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Brun, Georg


100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 160 Logic








Georg Brun

Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2015 17:06

Last Modified:

22 Jan 2015 17:06

Uncontrolled Keywords:

argument analysis, formalization, logical form, reflective equilibrium, Anselm


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