A Systematic Theory of Argumentation: The Pragma-Dialectical by Frans H. van Eemeren, Rob Grootendorst

By Frans H. van Eemeren, Rob Grootendorst

Specialists in argumentation thought current a view of argumentation as a method of resolving modifications of opinion via trying out the acceptability of the disputed positions. Their version of a "critical discussion" serves as a theoretical instrument for reading, comparing and generating argumentative discourse. This significant contribution to the research of argumentation might be of specific worth to execs and graduate scholars in speech verbal exchange, casual common sense, rhetoric, serious pondering, linguistics, and philosophy.

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If the rabbi wants to carry out a reconstruction oriented toward the resolution of a difference of opinion, proceeding on the basis of critical-rationalist premises and making use of pragma-dialectical theoretical insights, his empirical descriptions will be concentrated on the process of convincing. In this case, he is primarily interested in how arguers resolve a difference of opinion by removing all doubt from the standpoint that is defended. 28 While persuasion implies the immediate effect that the audience reacts to the argumentation in the desired way, conviction can only be reached after some further reflection on the part of the person who is to become convinced.

Even if this is the case, it will undoubtedly be some time before the course concerned can be optimally realized. Actually, there is a preceding stage during which the instructors themselves have to become familiar with the state of the art in the study of argumentation and the most recent developments, otherwise they cannot teach argumentation theory properly. In many countries, one problem is the lack of appropriate teaching material in which suitable methods are used. 29 A requirement that every argumentation course 29 See van Eemeren, Grootendorst, and Snoeck Henkemans (2002).

Argumentation’s argumentation for his standpoint that he cannot agree with his wife. In the light of the fact that the rabbi has given considerable thought to where he can best emerge from the wilderness of the philosophical estate, he immediately sees that there are two main currents in the murky delta of the theoretical estate – and with them two different responses to the question that he has to answer. ” This theoretical position can be characterized as epistemo-rhetorical. ” In the latter case, the rabbi’s theoretical position is pragma-dialectical.

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