By Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen
The essays which are gathered in Controversy and Confrontation supply a better perception into the connection among controversy and disagreement that deepens our knowing of the functioning of argumentative discourse in dealing with adjustments of opinion. Their authors stem from backgrounds. First, the debate students Dascal, Marras, Euli, Regner, Ferreira, and Lessl talk about old controversies in technology, either from a theoretical and an empirical standpoint; Saim concentrates on a old controversy; Fritz offers a historic standpoint on controversies via studying conversation ideas. moment the argumentation students Johnson, van Laar, van Eemeren, Garssen and Meuffels tackle theoretical or empirical features of argumentative war of words; Aakhus and Vasilyeva research argumentative discourse from the viewpoint of dialog research; Jackson analyzes argumentative war of words in a contemporary debate among scientists and politicians. final yet no longer least, members, Kutrovátz and Zemplén, make an try to bridge the examine of ancient controversy and the examine of argumentation.
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Controversy and Confrontation: Relating controversy analysis with argumentation theory (Controversies) by Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen