Argument-Checking

This project aims to contribute to the improvement of people’s rhetorical literacy and critical thinking skills by developing procedures for detecting, identifying, assessing, and producing arguments in various cognitive environments. While these procedures are based on knowledge from the philosophy of argument, insights about fact-checking, science communication, and the philosophy of science and technology feed into their design. By measuring the target audience’s sophistication and competence in engaging with argumentation, the procedures for argument-checking will be tailored for usage in various cognitive environments.

Activities and publications

Journal Article – Hinton, M., & Wagemans, J.H.M. (2021). Evaluating reasoning in natural arguments: A procedural approach. Published online September 30, 2021. Argumentation.

Conference Talk – M. Hinton & J.H.M. Wagemans (2021). An Analysis of an Argumentative Text Produced by the GPT-3 AI Text Generator. Seventh International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (PhiLang 2021). ONLINE, University of Łódź, Poland, May 14, 2021.

Guest Lecture – ARCade, the newly formed student association of the MA Communication and Information at the University of Amsterdam, organizes a guest lecture with Jean Wagemans on April 30, 2021. In the lecture, Wagemans will present the latest developments in “argument-checking”, an extension of fact-checking that applies insights from argumentation theory in the combat against misinformation and disinformation. Although fact-checking is a highly valuable activity that answers to the professional duties and civic responsibilities of journalists and other people involved, its scope is fairly limited in that it assesses the truth of a single factual claim. In public discourse, however, such claims are often embedded in argumentation, i.e., they function as reasons put forward in support of other claims. After having indicated why there is a need for extending the activity of fact-checking to argument-checking, Wagemans will explain the theoretical background of the procedure for argument-checking, illustrate its working through an example, and talk about a recent collaboration with Make Media Great Again (MMGA), an organization developing methods for quality control of online news items.

Journal Article – Visser, J., Lawrence, J., Reed, C.A., Wagemans, J.H.M., & Walton, D.N. (2021). Annotating argument schemes. Published online May 7, 2020. Argumentation, 35, 101–139.

Book Chapter – Plug, H.J., & Wagemans, J,H.M. (2020). From fact-checking to rhetoric-checking: Extending methods for evaluating populist discourse. In I.M. van der Geest, H. Jansen & B. van Klink (Eds.), Vox populi: Rhetoric of populism (pp. 236-252). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Web Publication – Wagemans, J.H.M. (2020). Argument Type Identification Procedure (ATIP) – Version 3. Published online February 21, 2020.