Controversy and Confrontation: Relating Controversy Analysis with Argumentation Theory

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Frans H. van Eemeren, Frans Hendrik Eemeren, Bart Garssen
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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The essays that are collected in Controversy and Confrontation provide a closer insight into the relationship between controversy and confrontation that deepens our understanding of the functioning of argumentative discourse in managing differences of opinion. Their authors stem from two backgrounds. First, the controversy scholars Dascal, Marras, Euli, Regner, Ferreira, and Lessl discuss historical controversies in science, both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective; Saim concentrates on a historical controversy; Fritz provides a historical perspective on controversies by analyzing communication principles. Second the argumentation scholars Johnson, van Laar, van Eemeren, Garssen and Meuffels address theoretical or empirical aspects of argumentative confrontation; Aakhus and Vasilyeva examine argumentative discourse from the perspective of conversation analysis; Jackson analyzes argumentative confrontation in a recent debate between scientists and politicians. Last but not least, two contributors, Kutrovátz and Zemplén, make an attempt to bridge the study of historical controversy and the study of argumentation.

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Controversy and confrontation in argumentative discourse
Dichotomies and types of debate
Charles Darwin versus George Mivart
Scientific demarcation and metascience
Reforming the Jews rejecting marginalization
Communication principles for controversies
Responding to objections
Pragmatic inconsistency and credibility
Reasonableness in confrontation
Managing disagreement space in multiparty deliberation
Predicaments of politicization in the debate over abstinenceonly sex education
Rhetoric of science pragmadialectics and science studies
Scientific controversies and the pragmadialectical model

On the role of pragmatics rhetoric and dialectic in scientific controversies
A dialectic ladder of refutation and dissuasion
The series Controversies

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