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Person holding a lightbulb before a sunset

Reasoning with arguments

Cultural variability versus universality
1 January 2020
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Prof. J.M.A. Hornikx (Jos)
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How people reason with arguments is poorly understood. In argumentation theory, norms for the quality of arguments have been proposed. These norms prescribe how people should reason with arguments. An important question is to what extent people are actually sensitive to arguments that respect and to arguments that do not respect norms for quality. Addressing this question with samples of participants of different cultural backgrounds makes it possible to examine the extent to which reasoning with arguments is (partly) culturally dependent or universal.

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