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Epistemic and deontic authority in the argumentum ad verecundiam

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to elaborate tools that would allow us to analyse arguments from authority and guard against fallacious uses of them. To accomplish this aim, we extend the list of existing argumentation schemes representing arguments from authority. For this purpose, we formulate a new argumentation scheme for argument from deontic authority along with a matching set of critical questions used to evaluate it. We argue that clarifying the ambiguity between arguments from epistemic and deontic authority helps building a better explanation of the informal fallacy of appeal to authority (argumentum ad verecundiam).

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Keywords: administrative (deontic) authority; argument from expert opinion; critical questioning; fallacious argument from authority (argumentum ad verecundiam)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 5, 2019

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