Research Seminar: Dr. J.H.M. (Jean) Wagemans

Date: 14 September 2017

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Computing, Queen Mother Building

Host: Dr Jacky Visser

We are very pleased to announce this forthcoming seminar with Dr. J.H.M. (Jean) Wagemans from the University of Amsterdam.

Title: A factorial approach to argument classification

Abstract: Philosophers (dialecticians) and rhetoricians have proposed a great variety of classifications of arguments, fallacies, and other means of persuasion. Unfortunately, these classifications are informal, incomplete, and sometimes even inconsistent. This talk will expound a method for integrating the traditional dialectical and rhetorical accounts into a systematic and comprehensive framework called the Periodic Table of Arguments. After having indicated problems in existing accounts, it will be shown how linguistic and pragmatic characterizations of arguments can be combined so as to create a factorial typology of argument. Then, the contents of the Periodic Table of Arguments will be illustrated by looking into the characteristics of a number of concrete examples of argument types. The talk will be concluded with a discussion of possible applications of the table.

Bio: Jean H.M. Wagemans completed a MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Argumentation Theory at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently working as a senior researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC) of the same university. Wagemans is a co-author of the Handbook of Argumentation Theory and has published articles on classical dialectic and rhetoric, pragma-dialectics, and the characteristics of scientific argumentation. For more info, please see


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