Philosophy of Argument

In this project, we study the historical and systematic aspects of the concepts central to the field of argumentation theory (e.g. ‘argumentation structure’, ‘argument type’, ‘stock issue’, ‘fallacy’). Regarding the historical aspects, we are particularly interested in reconstructing various contributions to the classical disciplines of dialectic and rhetoric. Concerning the systematic aspects, we focus on the modifications and extensions of traditional definitions of argument (e.g. to metaphor, narration, visual and multimodal argumentation, and polylogue). Apart from being valuable from a philosophical point of view, the theoretical insights resulting from this project feed into the other LANCAR Research Projects where they are used for the further development of linguistically advanced models of argument processing, assessment, and production.

Activities and publications

Conference Talk – J.H.M. Wagemans (2022). The role of rhetoric in interpreting persuasive discourse. GTR 22, 21st edition of the Trento Days on Rhetoric. University of Trento, Italy, May 23, 2022. MORE INFO

Workshop – First ACLC-ILLC Workshop on Argumentation. University of Amsterdam, March 31, 2022. MORE INFO

Book Chapter – Wagemans, J.H.M. (2021). The Philosophy of Argument. In P. Stalmaszczyk (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Philosophy of Language (pp. 571-589). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. MORE INFO

Workshop – Argumentation and (X)AI. Third workshop of the RPA Human(e) AI project Towards an Epistemological and Ethically Explainable AI (TEEXAI). University of Amsterdam, November 18-19, 2021. MORE INFO

Conference Talk – J.H.M. Wagemans (2021). Reformulating natural arguments into their canonical form. ONLINE, ARGAGE 2021, Université de Neuchâtel, November 11, 2021. MORE INFO

Journal Article – Popa, O.E., & Wagemans, J.H.M. (2021). Stock issues and the structure of argumentative discussions: An integrative analysisJournal of Pragmatics186, 129-141. MORE INFO

Conference Talk – J.H.M. Wagemans (2021). On the hermeneutics of argument. ONLINE, Seventh International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics (PhiLang 2021). University of Łódź, Poland, May 15, 2021.