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SANTIBANEZ, Cristián. Decoupling in Argumentation: Toulmin’s intuitive loop. Alpha [online]. 2019, n.49, pp.258-273. ISSN 0718-2201.

In this paper, I propose to understand argumentative decoupling, that is, the structural fact of presenting something as data in one argument and then the same information as a conclusion in another argument, as the decoupling of representations. To achieve this approach, I discuss perspectives from cognitive and evolutionary theories that describe this phenomenon in intentional communication in other species, as well as in human infants. I conclude by discussing the relationship between this human cognitive capacity and the problem of reflexivity.

Keywords : Argument; decoupling; reflexivity; Toulmin.

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