Analysing Practical Argumentation

Betz, Gregor; Brun, Georg (2016). Analysing Practical Argumentation. In: Hansson, Sven Ove; Hirsch Hadorn, Gertrude (eds.) The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis. Reasoning About Uncertainty. Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning: Vol. 10 (pp. 39-77). Cham: Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-30549-3_3

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Argument analysis is a powerful tool for structuring policy deliberation and decision-making, especially when complexity and uncertainty loom large. Argument analysis seeks to determine which claims are justified or criticized by a given argumentation, how strong an argument is, on which implicit assumptions it rests, how it relates to other arguments in a controversy, and which standpoints one can reasonably adopt in view of a given state of debate. This chapter first gives an overview of the activities involved in argument analysis and discusses the various aims that guide argument analysis. It then introduces methods for reconstructing and evaluating individual arguments as well as complex argumentation and debates. In their application to decisions under great uncertainty, these methods help to identify coherent positions, to discern important points of (dis)agreement, as well as to avoid spurious consensus and oversimplification.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Brun, Georg

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 160 Logic

ISSN:

2214-9120

ISBN:

978-3-319-30547-9

Series:

Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Georg Brun

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 15:46

Last Modified:

05 Jan 2017 15:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-319-30549-3_3

Uncontrolled Keywords:

practical reasoning; argument analysis; reconstruction; argument mapping; uncertainty; argumentation schemes

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92522

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