Argumentation Theory: A Pragma-Dialectical Perspective

  • Frans H.┬ávan Eemeren

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 1-17
  3. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 19-32
  4. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 33-50
  5. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 71-87
  6. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 89-109
  7. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 111-127
  8. Frans H. van Eemeren
    Pages 149-168
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 193-199

About this book


The book offers a compact but comprehensive introductory overview of the crucial components of argumentation theory. In presenting this overview, argumentation is consistently approached from a pragma-dialectical perspective by viewing it pragmatically as a goal-directed communicative activity and dialectically as part of a regulated critical exchange aimed at resolving a difference of opinion. As a result, the book also systematically explains how the constitutive parts of the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation, which are discussed in a number of separate publications, hang together.

The following crucial topics are discussed: (1) argumentation theory as a discipline; (2) the meta-theoretical principles of pragma-dialectics; (3) the model of a critical discussion aimed at resolving a difference of opinion; (4) fallacies as violations of a code of conduct for reasonable argumentative discourse; (5) descriptive research of argumentative reality; (6) analysis as theoretically-motivated reconstruction; (7) strategic manoeuvring aimed at combining achieving effectiveness with maintaining reasonableness; (8) the conventionalization of argumentative practices; (9) prototypical argumentative patterns; (10) pragma-dialectics amidst other approaches.

Argumentation Theory: A Pragma-Dialectical Perspective is clearly written and makes argumentation theory understandable to all scholars and advanced students interested in argumentation research.


Pragma-Dialectical Approach to Argumentation Theory Model of a Critical Discussion Critical Discussion and the Identification of Fallacies Argumentative Discourse Analysis as Resolution-Oriented Reconstruction Strategic Manoeuvring in Argumentative Discourse Different Kinds of Argumentative Practices Prototypical Argumentative Patterns Goal-Oriented Argumentation Descriptive and Normative Approach to Argumentation Theory Argumentation Theory as a Discipline

Authors and affiliations

  • Frans H.┬ávan Eemeren
    • 1
  1. 1.International Learned Institute for Argumentation Studies (ILIAS)University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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