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Cogent Science in ContextThe Science Wars, Argumentation Theory, and Habermas$
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William Rehg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182713

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182713.001.0001

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Habermas’s Theory of Argumentation as an Integrated Model of Cogency

Habermas’s Theory of Argumentation as an Integrated Model of Cogency

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Cogent Science in Context

William Rehg

The MIT Press

This chapter presents Habermas’s theory of argumentation as “a comprehensive framework” which has been developed in a way that can solve the problems created by Kuhn’s Gap. It posits that Habermas’s pragmatism, in contrast to Achinstein’s realism, commits him to develop a multiperspectival and social model in which arguments count as cogent in virtue of both process and product merits. Habermas’s argumentation theory brings in dialectic and rhetoric as constitutive dimensions of cogency itself and attempts to show that it is important for good scientific arguments to satisfy evaluative standards which are logical, dialectical, and rhetorical. The chapter concludes that it is not clear whether “the gap Kuhn opened up between logic and sociology” is closed fully by Habermas’s model.

Keywords:   Habermas’s argumentation theory, Kuhn’s Gap, pragmatism, logic, sociology, scientific argumentation

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