• Frans H. van EemerenEmail author
  • Sally Jackson
  • Scott Jacobs
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 27)


Argumentation uses language to justify or refute a standpoint, with the aim of securing agreement in views. The study of argumentation typically centers on one of two objects: either interactions in which two or more people conduct or have arguments such as discussions or debates; or texts such as speeches or editorials in which a person makes an argument.


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Further Reading

  1. As guidance to further reading, we would like to refer, first, to a comprehensive general overview of the state of the art in argumentation theory, second, to some influential monographs explaining different theoretical approaches, and, third, to some recent publications relating to the integrating notion of strategic maneuvering.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frans H. van Eemeren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sally Jackson
    • 1
  • Scott Jacobs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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