Giving Reasons

A Linguistic-Pragmatic Approach to Argumentation Theory

  • Lilian Bermejo Luque

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Lilian Bermejo-Luque
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 201-209

About this book


This book provides a new, linguistic approach to Argumentation Theory. Its main goal is to integrate the logical, dialectical and rhetorical dimensions of argumentation in a model providing a unitary treatment of its justificatory and persuasive powers. This model takes as its basis Speech Acts Theory in order to characterize argumentation as a second-order speech act complex. The result is a systematic and comprehensive theory of the interpretation, analysis and evaluation of arguments. This theory sheds light on the many faces of argumentative communication: verbal and non-verbal, monological and dialogical, literal and non-literal, ordinary and specialized.
The book takes into consideration the major current comprehensive accounts of good argumentation (Perelman’s New Rhetoric, Pragma-dialectics, the ARG model, the Epistemic Approach) and shows that these accounts have fundamental weaknesses rooted in their instrumentalist conception of argumentation as an activity oriented to a goal external to itself. Furthermore, the author addresses some challenging meta-theoretical questions such as the justification problem for Argumentation Theory models and the relationship between reasoning and arguing.


Argumentation Argumentation Theory Argumentative Value Burden of Proof Cognitivism Deductivism Deep Relativism Dialectics Douglas Walton Formal Logic Frans H van Eemeren Indirect Judgements Inference Informal Logic Instrumentalism Interpretation Justification Logical Possibilities Nature of Logic Normativity Persausion Pragmatiics Radical Relativism Rational Persuasion Regulative Normativity Rhetoric Rob Grootendorst Semantics Speech Act Complex Speech Act Theory Toulmin's Criticism Value Monism Value Pluralism

Authors and affiliations

  • Lilian Bermejo Luque
    • 1
  1. 1., Instituto De FilosofíaCentro De Ciencias Humanas Y Sociales CsMadridSpain

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