From Argumentative Crisis to Critical Arguments: How to Argue in the Face of Danger

  • Laura Bonelli
  • Silvia Felletti
  • Fabio Paglieri


Building on evidence from the field of risk perception and communication, two key roles of argumentation in crisis management are highlighted: (1) balancing trust construction and persuasive goals in crisis prevention and preparedness, and (2) ensuring time-efficient cross-examination of choice options in group decision making at a time of crisis. The implications for an information fusion approach to crisis management are discussed, suggesting a rich potential for future research.


Risk Perception Time Pressure Risk Communication Crisis Management Argumentation Scheme 
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This research was financially supported by the PON research project CLoud plAtform and smart underground imaging for natural Risk Assessment (CLARA), funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR). We are grateful to Rino Falcone, Cristiano Castelfranchi, and the members of the Trust: Theory & Technology group (T3) and the Goal-Oriented Agents Lab (GOAL) at the ISTC-CNR for insightful discussion on the topics of this chapter, and to Galina Rogova for providing useful feedback on a previous version of it. All remaining mistakes and omissions are our sole responsibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Bonelli
    • 1
  • Silvia Felletti
    • 1
  • Fabio Paglieri
    • 2
  1. 1.Theory & Technology group (T3), Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome & Department of PsychologyUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  2. 2.Goal-Oriented Agents Lab (GOAL), Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della CognizioneConsiglio Nazionale delle RicercheRomeItaly

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