"Conductive" argumentation in the UK fracking debate

Fairclough, Isabela orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-6718-2636 (2018) "Conductive" argumentation in the UK fracking debate. In: Argumentation and Inference: Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Argumentation. Studies in Logic and Argumentation, II . College Publications, London, pp. 297-310. ISBN 978-1-84890-284-8

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From a critical rationalist perspective, I look at a fragment of the debate on shale gas exploration in the UK in order to make a proposal on the nature and representation of “conductive” argumentation, arguing it should not be viewed as a single argument, but in relation to deliberation as genre. There is no “conductive argumentation”, only various possible outcomes of deliberation, seen as critical testing of (alternative) proposals.

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