Talisse and I have a new post at Philosophy15 on Argumentative Cynicism, the view that argument is just about power and manipulation. We’ve reconsidered our line from Why We Argue that the cynic’s view is simply self-refuting, and this occasions some skeptical problems for arguments.
Over at Philosophy15, Talisse and I have a short bit on why argument must not only have the core relation between premises and conclusions, but also must have a dialectical element to it. A familiar point for those who are regular NS readers, but worth a quick posting.
A consequent point is that it looks like the dialectical element to argument leads to a few skeptical problems for those who think that democracy must be deliberative. (We follow up on that in the next episode.)