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the argument, and comprised them in a way that precludes translation into the linguistic, logical mode. That is, while we can certainly linguistically describe the argument (as I just did,) it is not the description that convinced John to change his mind, but Mary's behaviour. Had Mary said to John, \I really have a yen for curry tonight, wongt you please add some,] the encounter, while perhaps not the logically most sophisticated argument would certainly be an argument. Even if it were classed as an ad misericordiam on the grounds of Marygs yearning, itgs status as an argument would not be disputed. Consequently, the non-verbal analogue should also be so categorized. Every argumentation scholar, after all, agrees that linguistic explicitness is not a necessary condition of an argument. After all, any argument can be enthymematic. I am merely going one step further in saying that the translation of the argument from verbal to non-verbal does not capture the argument , but rather a linguistic analogue or shadow of it. Consider another example. Example 8. Mr. Burns entered his house and slammed the door behind him. Mrs. Burns looked up warily. \Where,] Mr. Burns railed, \is the damn Comment: Page: 9 why call this an argument? why not a fpersuasive interactiong? shouldngt the term argument be reserved for something more precise?
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M . A . GILBERT MULTI - MODAL ARGUMENTATION PHIL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES V OL 24 N R 2 .10 newspaper?] Mrs. Burns went over to the foyer hat stand where the paper lay as always. \You seem very tense, dear. Did you have bad day?] Mr. Burns glared at her. \No,] he snarled, \I did not have a bad day, and I am not tense.] Mrs. Burns watched as he went and fell into his chair. She waited a minute, then came up behind him and began to gently rub his shoulders. At first he tried to flinch her off, but slowly Mrs. Burns felt him give way as his muscles relaxed. \Well,] Mr. Burns said after several minutes, \maybe I am a little tense.] Mrs. Burns, like Mary in example [7], decided for various reasons not to have a logical argument with Mr. Burns. She knew well enough that continuing the argument on a verbal level would lead to naught or worse. Nonetheless, it was important to her to persuade him that he was, indeed, tense. Her argument was a directly visceral one, one communicated primarily by physical sensations which, in this case, brought Mr. Burns to an awareness of his own state. Mrs. Burns could have argued logically and at some length with Mr. Burns and still not have made any persuasive progress. It was her choice of mode that allowed her to persuade him she was right. This is not to say that a logical argument could not have worked. Mrs. Burns might have said, "Don't be silly. Anyone who slams the door, snarls at his wife, and storms about is tense." And, Mr. Burns might have thought it over and concurred, but I believe most of us would agree that Mrs. Burns' argument was the more effective.
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  • Logic, The Bible, Argumentation theory, multi-modal argumentation

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