Persuasive Argumentation and Epistemic Attitudes

  • Carlo Proietti
  • Antonio Yuste-GinelEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12005)


This paper studies the relation between persuasive argumentation and the speaker’s epistemic attitude. Dung-style abstract argumentation and dynamic epistemic logic provide the necessary tools to characterize the notion of persuasion. Within abstract argumentation, persuasive argumentation has been previously studied from a game-theoretic perspective. These approaches are blind to the fact that, in real-life situations, the epistemic attitude of the speaker determines which set of arguments will be disclosed by her in the context of a persuasive dialogue. This work is a first step to fill this gap. For this purpose we extend one of the logics of Schwarzentruber et al. with dynamic operators, designed to capture communicative phenomena. A complete axiomatization for the new logic via reduction axioms is provided. Within the new framework, a distinction between actual persuasion and persuasion from the speaker’s perspective is made. Finally, we explore the relationship between the two notions.


Argumentation frameworks Dynamic Epistemic Logic Persuasion and argument labellings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.ILLC, University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of MálagaMálagaSpain

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