The Structure of Arguments

The Structure of Arguments

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An important tool for scientific study in any field is a formal language in which the phenomena can be described and hypotheses formulated. In this book a formal notation is developed for the description of the cognitive structure of arguments. The analyses based on this notation are more fine-grained than the analyses in previous attempts, and they are applicable not only to arguments but to all types of moves in a discourse. Further, the notational system provides a basis for the description of relations between arguments and the structure of the discourse as a whole. In the final chapter, some empirical studies of retention of arguments in memory and of precis writing are reported, based on hypotheses formulated in terms of the notational system.
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  • Hardback | 263 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 490g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110702
  • 9781588110701

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. 1. Reasoning and arguing; 4. 2. Arguments as operations; 5. 3. Operators, targets, outcomes; 6. 4. Compounds; 7. 5. Justifications; 8. 6. Conflations; 9. 7. Questions; 10. 8. Connections; 11. 9. Relations within and between arguments; 12. 10. Expressed arguments; 13. Notes; 14. References; 15. Appendices; 16. Author index; 17. Subject index; 18. List of symbols
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