Story Credibility in Narrative Arguments

  • Paula Olmos
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 28)


Recent work on narrative-based arguments has insisted on the importance, for assessment, of construing a theory of story “credibility” or “believability”. The main tenet of most approaches is the idea that a credible story should resemble “reality”. However, “narrative realism” is a rather problematic concept. The paper proposes a more nuanced, multi-dimensional and explicitly meta-argumentative approach to the assessment of arguments involving narratives that would not prejudge their argumentative form or function.


Argumentation Theory Correspondence Theory Argumentative Discourse Material Coherence Witness Testimony 
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This contribution has been made possible by funds provided by both the UNED Research Project’s Programme (Project 2012 V/PUNED/0010, “Narrativity and Argumentation: Discursive Basis of Plausibility”) and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Research Project: FFI2011-23125, “Arguing in the Public Sphere: Deliberation as a Paradigm”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Lingüística, Lenguas modernas, Lógica y filosofía de la ciencia, Teoría de la literatura y literatura comparadaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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