Stephen J. Martin
- Graduate Student
- 09D West Duke Building
- Office Hours: Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m.
My research is about the extent to which our convictions flex under the pressure of argumentation.
My dissertation is about why bad things happen to good arguments. Good arguments are arguments that give a person reasons to accept their conclusions, and the bad things that happen to them are that their conclusions go ignored, rejected, or otherwise unaccepted. That this happens suggests a gap between what we can argue about, namely, everything, and what arguments can convince us of, namely, less. My aim is to explain why this gap exists so that we might understand how to bridge it, if possible, by making good arguments more persuasive, or, if not, how to get around it, by making conditions more friendly to good arguments.