Narration as Argument

  • Paula Olmos

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Narratives as Sources of Knowledge and Argument

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Christopher Tindale
      Pages 11-30
    3. Floris Bex, Trevor Bench-Capon
      Pages 31-45
    4. Mitchell Green
      Pages 47-61
  3. Argumentative Narratives in Context

About this book


This book presents reflections on the relationship between narratives and argumentative discourse. It focuses on their functional and structural similarities or dissimilarities, and offers diverse perspectives and conceptual tools for analyzing the narratives’ potential power for justification, explanation and persuasion. Divided into two sections, the first Part, under the title “Narratives as Sources of Knowledge and Argument”, includes five chapters addressing rather general, theoretical and characteristically philosophical issues related to the argumentative analysis and understanding of narratives. We may perceive here how scholars in Argumentation Theory have recently approached certain topics that have a close connection with mainstream discussions in epistemology and the cognitive sciences about the justificatory potential of narratives. The second Part, entitled “Argumentative Narratives in Context”, brings us six more chapters that concentrate on either particular functions played by argumentatively-oriented narratives or particular practices that may benefit from the use of special kinds of narratives. Here the focus is either on the detailed analysis of contextualized examples of narratives with argumentative qualities or on the careful understanding of the particular demands of certain well-defined situated activities, as diverse as scientific theorizing or war policing, that may be satisfied by certain uses of narrative discourse.


Narratives, Narrating, Narrators Narratives in Argumentation Theory Role of the War Narrative Concept of Argument Narrative Arguments to Narrating Arguments Narratives and Pragmatic Arguments Argumentation Theory Particular Argumentative Practices Scientific Argument Atul Gawande Relationship between narration and argumentation Argumentative Quality of Explanatory Narratives Human Communication as Narration

Editors and affiliations

  • Paula Olmos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics, Modern Languages, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Theory of Literature and Comparative LiteratureAutonomous University of MadridMadridSpain

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