Pondering on Problems of Argumentation: Twenty Essays on Theoretical Issues / Edition 1

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Pondering on Problems of Argumentation is a collection of twenty essays brought together for anyone who is interested in theoretical issues in the study of argumentation. This collection of papers gives the reader an insightful and balanced view of the kind of theoretical issues argumentation theorists are currently concerned with. Because most of the perspectives on argumentation that are en vogue are represented, this volume provides a multidisciplinary and even interdisciplinary outlook on the current state of affairs in argumentation theory. Some of the contributions in Pondering on Problems of Argumentation deal with problems of argumentation that have been recognized as theoretical issues for a considerable time, like the problems of fallaciousness and identifying argumentation structures. Other contributions discuss issues that have become a focus of attention only recently or regained their prominence, such as the relationship between dialectic and rhetoric, and the strategic use of the argumentative technique of dissociation. In five separate sections papers are included dealing with argumentative strategies, problems of norms of reasonableness and fallaciousness, types of argument and argument schemes the structure of argumentation and rules for advocacy and discussion.

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“There is a little something for almost any serious student or scholar of argumentation to chew on in this volume. … provide an important snapshot of theoretical issues scholars grapple with in the first decade of the twenty-first century. … recommend this book to anyone looking for an introduction to the breadth and depth of contemporary argumentation scholarship. … helpful in introducing a variety of approaches to argumentation scholarship that one might not normally come across when conducting research from one’s own disciplinary vantage point.”­­­ (Harry Weger Jr., Argumentation, Vol. 25, 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402091643
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/29/2009
  • Series: Argumentation Library Series, #14
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Problems of argumentation: An introduction: Frans H. van Eemeren & Bart Garssen.
I Argumentative strategies. 1. Frans H. van Eemeren & Peter Houtlosser: Seizing the occasion: Parameters for analysing ways of strategic manoeuvring. 2. A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans: Manoeuvring strategically with rhetorical questions. 3. M.A. van Rees: Dissociation: Between rhetorical success and dialectical soundness. 4. Cornelia Ilie: Strategies of refutation by definition: A pragma-rhetorical approach to refutations in a public speech.
II Norms of reasonableness and fallaciousness. 5. Scott Jacobs: Nonfallacious rhetorical design in argumentation. 6. Daniel J. O’Keefe: Normatively responsible advocacy: Some provocations from persuasion effects research. 7. Trudy Govier: Duets, cartoons, and tragedies: Struggles with the fallacy of composition. 8. Dale Jacquette: Deductivism and the informal fallacies.
III Types of argument and argument schemes. 9. Manfred Kraus: From figure to argument: Contrarium in Roman rhetoric. 10. Bart Garssen: Comparing the incomparable: Figurative analogies in a dialectical testing procedure. 11. Marianne Doury: Argument schemes typologies in practice: The case of comparative arguments. 12. Eddo Rigotti: Whether and how classical topics can be revived within contemporary argumentation theory.
IV Structure of argumentation. 13. G.C. Goddu: Against making the linked-convergent distinction. 14. James B. Freeman: Argument strength, the Toulmin model, and ampliative probability. 15. Andrea Rocci: Modalities as indicators in argumentative reconstruction. 16. Leo Groarke: Five theses on Toulmin and visual argument.
V Rules for advocacy and discussion. 17. Erik C.W. Krabbe: On how to get beyond the opening stage. 18. Jim Gough: Testing for acceptable premises within systems of belief. 19. G. Thomas Goodnight: The duties of advocacy: Argumentation under conditions of disparity, asymmetry, and difference. 20.Jean Goodwin: Actually existing rules for closing arguments.
List of contributors. Index.

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