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Argument Evaluation and Evidence


Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Douglas Walton
    Pages 1-33
  3. Douglas Walton
    Pages 35-68
  4. Douglas Walton
    Pages 69-116
  5. Douglas Walton
    Pages 117-144
  6. Douglas Walton
    Pages 145-178
  7. Douglas Walton
    Pages 179-208
  8. Douglas Walton
    Pages 209-242
  9. Douglas Walton
    Pages 243-278
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


​This monograph poses a series of key problems of evidential reasoning and argumentation. It then offers solutions achieved by applying recently developed computational models of argumentation made available in artificial intelligence. Each problem is posed in such a way that the solution is easily understood. The book progresses from confronting these problems and offering solutions to them, building a useful general method for evaluating arguments along the way. It provides a hands-on survey explaining to the reader how to use current argumentation methods and concepts that are increasingly being implemented in more precise ways for the application of software tools in computational argumentation systems. It shows how the use of these tools and methods requires a new approach to the concepts of knowledge and explanation suitable for diverse settings, such as issues of public safety and health, debate, legal argumentation, forensic evidence, science education, and the use of expert opinion evidence in personal and public deliberations.​


Abductive Reasoning Antiphon Case Argument and Evidence with Explanation Burdens of Proof Carneades Argumentation System Case of the Disappearing Captain Components of an Explanation Dialogue Computational Systems for Modeling Arguments Darwin’s Finch Dialogue System for Explanation Evaluation and Evidence Evidence and Knowledge Inference to the Best Explanation Matching Critical Questions Probability and Evidence Scarlet Case Shift to Examination Dialogue

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR)University of WindsorWindsorCanada

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“The book is an easy-to-follow manuscript, employing simple and clear language suitable for both experts and nonexperts. … It is a good resource for those practitioners interested in the explanations of knowledge and conflicting evidence occurring in domains such as public safety, health, debate, science education, and legal argumentation.” (Luca Longo, Computing Reviews, February, 2016)