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Title: Argumentation in Practice
Edited By: Frans H. van Eemeren
Peter Houtlosser
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CVS%202
Series Title: Controversies 2

Since the late 1950s the study of argumentation has developed from a
marginal part of logic and rhetoric into a genuine interdisciplinary
academic discipline. After having first been primarily concerned with
creating an adequate philosophical perspective on argumentation,
argumentation theorists have gradually shifted their focus of attention to
a more immediate concern with the ins and outs of argumentative praxis.
What exactly are the characteristics of situated argumentative discourse in
different argumentative 'action types'? How is the discourse influenced by
institutional and contextual constraints? In what way can prominent cases
of argumentative discourse be fruitfully analysed? Argumentation in
Practice aims to provide insight into some important facets of
argumentative praxis and the different ways in which it can be approached.
The first part of this volume, 'Conceptions of problems in argumentative
practice', introduces useful theoretical perspectives. The second part,
'Empirical studies of argumentative practice', contains both empirical
studies of a general kind and several types of specific case studies.

Table of contents

Frans H. van Eemeren and Peter Houtlosser 1–7
Part I. Forms and conceptions of argumentation
1. "The issue" in argumentative practice and theory
Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy 11–28
2. Hearing is believing: A perspective-dependent account of the fallacies
Christopher W. Tindale 29–42
3. Let's talk: Emotion and the pragma-dialectic model
Michael A. Gilbert 43–52
4. Indicators of dissociation
M.A. van Rees 53–67
5. A collaborative model of argumentation in dyadic problem-solving
Matthieu Quignard 69–86
6. The argumentative dimension of discourse
Ruth Amossy 87–98
7. Designing premises
Jean Goodwin 99–114
8. On the pragmatics of argumentative discourse
Lilit Brutian 115–123
9. From argument analysis to cultural keywords (and back again)
Eddo Rigotti and Andrea Rocci 125–142
Part II. Empirical studies of argumentative practice
10. The accusation of amalgame as a meta-argumentative refutation
Marianne Doury 145–161
11. Constructing the (imagined) antagonist in advertising argumentation
Albert Atkin and John E. Richardson 163–180
12. Competing demands, multiple ideals, and the structure of argumentation
practices: A pragma-dialectical analysis of televised town hall meetings
following the murder trial of O.J. Simpson
Harry Weger, Jr and Mark Aakhus 181–195
13. Arguments of victims: A case study of the Timothy McVeigh trial
Janice Schuetz 197–214
14. Coductive and abductive foundations for sentimental arguments in politics
Bruce E. Gronbeck 215–230
15. Reparations or separation? The rhetoric of racism in black and white
Tom Farrell and Mark Lawrence McPhail 231–250
16. Discursive collisions: A reading of "Ellen's energy adventure"
V. William Balthrop and Carole Blair 251–266
17. Aesthetic arguments and civil society
Gerard A. Hauser 267–284
18. The use of arguments from perceived opposition in U.S. terrorism policy
Carol Winkler 285–303
19. How could official speakers communicate reasonably with their king?
Um Hoon 305–319
20. Argument density and argument diversity in the license applications of
French provincial printers, 1669–1781
Jane McLeod and Hans V. Hansen 321–336
21. Inventional capacity
Dale Hample 337–348
22. The conventional validity of the pragma-dialectal freedom rule
Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen and Bert Meuffels 349–365
Index 367–368

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116166
ISBN-13: 9781588116161
Pages: viii, 368
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Pages: viii, 368
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