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Reflections on Theoretical Issues in Argumentation Theory

  • Frans H. van Eemeren
  • Bart Garssen
  • Offers an up-to-date overview of current thought in argumentation theory

  • Covers a diverse range of current approaches to argumentation

  • Presents pertinent standpoints concerning topical theoretical issues

  • Includes contributions from many leading scholars in the field of argumentation


Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. General Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Anthony Blair
      Pages 27-42
    3. Douglas Niño, Danny Marrero
      Pages 53-67
  3. Analysis of Argumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. David Hitchcock
      Pages 83-91
    3. James B. Freeman
      Pages 93-106
    4. Jens E. Kjeldsen
      Pages 107-117
  4. Evaluation of Argumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Daniel H. Cohen
      Pages 121-130
    3. Scott Aikin, John Casey
      Pages 143-154
    4. Paula Olmos
      Pages 155-167
  5. Argument Schemes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
  6. Contextual Embedding of Argumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203

About this book


This volume presents a selection of papers reflecting key theoretical issues in argumentation theory. Its six sections are devoted to specific themes, including the analysis and evaluation of argumentation, argument schemes, and the contextual embedding of argumentation. The section on general perspectives on argumentation discusses the trends of empiricalization, contextualization and formalization, offers descriptions of the analytical and evaluative tools of informal logic, and highlights selected principles that argumentation theorists do and do not agree upon. In turn, the section on linguistic approaches to argumentation focuses on the problem of distinguishing between explanation and argument, while also elaborating on the role of verbal indicators of argument schemes. All essays included in this volume point out notable recent developments in the study of argumentation.


Argumentation theory Burden of proof Dialectical dimension of pragma-dialectics Experimental research into argumentation Fallacies Pragma-dialectical research program Pragmatic dimension of pragma-dialectics Reconstruction of argumentative discourse Strategic maneuvering

Editors and affiliations

  • Frans H. van Eemeren
    • 1
  • Bart Garssen
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities, TARUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Humanities, TARUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information


“Reflections on Theoretical Issues in Argumentation Theory … is a collection of 20 papers selected from contributions to the proceedings of the 8th conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), held in Amsterdam in 2014. … this collection offers argumentation scholars an impressive and expansive range of reflections on theoretical issues to draw inspiration from in continuing to develop the field of argument.” (Kaitlyn Haynal, Informal Logic, Vol. 36 (1), 2016)