, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 513–525 | Cite as

Parmenides as Secret Hero. Gregor Betz’s Theorie Dialektischer Strukturen (Theory of Dialectical Structures)

Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 2010, 292 pp, ISBN: 978-3-465-03629-6, EUR 49.00 (Bound Paperback)
  • Frank ZenkerEmail author


Many will know the drill: Number the premises, draw a line, put down the conclusion, then ask under what conditions the former deductively imply the latter. Regularly treated with mild disrespect by some working on a theory of argumentation, this book shows: Reconstructing natural language argumentation with deductive logic takes you “quite some distance.” Moreover, it extends to the kind of complex argumentation we call controversiers, and yields visual representations (“maps”) to reveal a state of a debate as a dialectical structure. The following gives an overview, summarizes at some length the gist (Sect. 2), then provides a comment and an evaluation (Sect. 3).

The book has four parts. Part 1, Motivation and Point of Departure, divides into an introduction, examples of complex argumentation, and a chapter tracing connections to extant work. Part 2, Features of a Theory of Dialectical Structures, provides chapters on the structure of complex argumentation, on...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Cognitive ScienceLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Helsinki Collegium for Advanced StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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