Argument Structure:

Representation and Theory

  • James B. Freeman

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. James B. Freeman
    Pages 1-38
  3. James B. Freeman
    Pages 39-58
  4. James B. Freeman
    Pages 59-88
  5. James B. Freeman
    Pages 173-195
  6. James B. Freeman
    Pages 197-204
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-211

About this book


This monograph presents a method of diagramming argument macrostructure, synthesizing the standard circle and arrow approach with the Toulmin model. A theoretical justification of this method through a dialectical understanding of argument, a critical examination of Toulmin on warrants, and a thorough discussion of the linked-convergent distinction follows. Discussion includes consideration of alternative understandings of  argument structure and its representation presented in Wigmore’s chart method, Pollock’s inference graphs, and the pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation. An account of the proper reconstruction of enthymemes and issues at the border of structural analysis versus evaluation of arguments conclude the book.


Argument Argument Diagramming Argument Structure Argumentation Criterion Dialectic Dialectical Nature Disciplinary Perspective Enthymeme Enthymemes Linked-convergent Distinction Toulmin Warrant

Authors and affiliations

  • James B. Freeman
    • 1
  1. 1., PhilosophyHunter College/CUNYNew YorkUSA

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