Reconstructive Charity, Soundness and the RSA-Criteria of Good Argumentation

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Zenker, Frank
Arts and Humanities; Philosophy
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This paper discusses an example of social policy argumentation from an opinion of the 2007 majority among the German National Ethics Council (NEC 2007). It is employed to problematize argument reconstruction with respect to the Informal Logic quality criteria relevance, sufficiency, acceptability (RSA) (Johnson & Blair 2006, 11977). The main thesis is conditional and rather weak: If the RSA criteria are sub-stitutes for the notion of soundness, then—next to premise-truth and validity—they also substitute recon-structive charity