Artificial Intelligence and Law

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 261–275

PARMENIDES: Facilitating Deliberation in Democracies

  • Katie Atkinson
  • Trevor Bench-Capon
  • Peter McBurney
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10506-006-9001-5

Cite this article as:
Atkinson, K., Bench-Capon, T. & McBurney, P. Artif Intell Law (2006) 14: 261. doi:10.1007/s10506-006-9001-5

Abstract

Governments and other groups interested in the views of citizens require the means to present justifications of proposed actions, and the means to solicit public opinion concerning these justifications. Although Internet technologies provide the means for such dialogues, system designers usually face a choice between allowing unstructured dialogues, through, for example, bulletin boards, or requiring citizens to acquire a knowledge of some argumentation schema or theory, as in, for example, ZENO. Both of these options present usability problems. In this paper, we describe an implemented system called PARMENIDES which allows structured argument over a proposed course of action, without requiring knowledge of the underlying argumentation theory.

deliberative democracyargumentationpractical reasoning

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katie Atkinson
    • 1
  • Trevor Bench-Capon
    • 1
  • Peter McBurney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom