Acceptable Premises

An Epistemic Approach to an Informal Logic Problem


When, if ever, is one justified in accepting the premises of an argument? What is the proper criterion of premise acceptability? Can the criterion be theoretically or philosophically justified? This is the first book to provide a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability and it answers the questions above from an epistemological approach that the author calls common sense foundationalism. It will be eagerly sought out not just by specialists in informal logic, critical thinking, and argumentation theory but also by a broader range of philosophers and those teaching rhetoric.
  • Cambridge University Press; December 2004
  • ISBN: 9780511081224
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  • Title: Acceptable Premises
  • Author: James B. Freeman
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'… argumentation theory has long wanted for a detailed and sustained treatment of premise acceptability to supplement and improve various pedagogical assumptions that populate textbooks. And beyond even this, the book is a serious contribution to epistemology that should find a wide philosophical audience from those interested in such matters.' Christopher Tindale, Trent University, Ontario