The virtuous arguer as a virtuous sequencer
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CitationOruç, R., Sadek, K. ve Küçükural, Ö. (2023). The virtuous arguer as a virtuous sequencer. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 1-15. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10677-023-10394-0
In this paper we draw on the munazara tradition to intervene in the debate on whether argument assessment should be agent- or act-based. We introduce and deploy the notion of sequencing - the ordering of the antagonist's critical moves - to make explicit an ambiguity between the agent and the act of arguing. We show that sequencing is a component of argumentation that inextricably involves the procedure as well as the agent and, therefore, its assessment cannot be adequately undertaken if either agent- or act-based norms are ignored or demoted. We present our intervention through a challenge that virtue argumentation needs to address for it to be considered an alternative to existing theories of argument assessment (Section 2). We then briefly introduce munazara and focus on its notion of sequencing to explicate the interdependence between the agent and the procedure (Section 3). Next, we address the challenge by offering an account of the virtuous arguer as a virtuous sequencer (Section 4). In conclusion, we reflect on the implications of sequencing on virtue argumentation and the norms of argumentation.