Debate Dynamics: How Controversy Improves Our Beliefs

Debate Dynamics: How Controversy Improves Our Beliefs

by Gregor Betz


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Is critical argumentation an effective way to overcome disagreement? And does the exchange of arguments bring opponents in a controversy closer to the truth? This study provides a new perspective on these pivotal questions. By means of multi-agent simulations, it investigates the truth and consensus-conduciveness of controversial debates. The book brings together research in formal epistemology and argumentation theory.Aside fromits consequences for discursive practice, the work may have important implications for philosophy of science and the way we construe scientific rationality as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789401784269
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 09/21/2014
Series: Synthese Library , #357
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Gregor Betz is aJunior professorinPhilosophy of Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. With a background in philosophy, mathematics and political sciences, he has held positions at Universität Stuttgart and Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests span philosophy of science, argumentation theory, applied ethics and the interpretation of classic philosophers.

Table of Contents

1. General Introduction.- 2. Theory of Dialectical Structures.- Part I: Why Do We Agree? On the Consensus-conduciveness of Controversial Argumentation.- 3. Introduction to Part I.-4. Random Debates.- 5. Background Knowledge.- 6. Four Argumentation Strategies.- 7. Argumentation Strategies in Many-proponent Debates.- 8. Core Updating.- 9. Core Argumentation.- Part II: How Do We Know? On the Truth-conduciveness of Controversial Argumentation.- 10. Introduction to Part II.- 11. Random Debates.- 12. Background Knowledge.- 13. Four Argumentation Strategies.- 14. Argumentation Strategies in Many-proponent Debates.- 15. Core Updating.- 16. Core Argumentation.- Symbols.- References.- Index.

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