Friday 28 December 2007

Buon Natale!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for an argumentative 2008!

Tuesday 18 December 2007

Amsterdam-Lugano Colloquium VII edition

The VII edition of the Amsterdam-Lugano Colloquium on argumentation theory has taken place at the University of Lugano on November 30 and December 1, 2007. The Colloquium is jointly organised by the Institute of linguistic and semiotics ( of the University of Lugano, leaded by Eddo Rigotti, and the Department of Speech communication, argumentation and rhetoric of the University of Amsterdam, leaded by Frans H. van Eemeren.

This year, particular attention has been devoted to the importance of studying applied argumentation in different domains: from finance, to health communication, to law and political discourse.

Another relevant feature of the 2007-2008 edition has been the presence of numerous PhD students from Lugano and Amsterdam, who showed interesting developments of the research of the two groups.

The program of the Colloquium interventions has been the following:

Amsterdam-Lugano Colloquium on Argumentation Theory
November 30 and December 1


9:00 – 9:10 Greetings and introduction (Eddo Rigotti)

Chair: Andrea Rocci

1) Frans H. van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam
Dialectical profiles and argumentative indicators

2) Bart Garssen, University of Amsterdam
How can something so wrong look so right? Seemingly reasonable ad hominem fallacies and legitimate personal attacks. Countering fallacious moves

3) Jean Wagemans, University of Amsterdam
Status Theory and Pragma-Dialectics

4) Eddo Rigotti, University of Lugano
Once again on topics: comparing Argumentum-model with some other analytical approaches to argument structure

5) Fabrizio Macagno, Catholic University of Milan
The argumentative uses of definition

11:50 – 12:05 Short presentation
Rudi Palmieri, University of Lugano
Argumentation in Mergers and Acquisitions

12:05 – 12:20 Short presentation
Camilla Palmieri, University of Lugano
Argumentation as a tool for discovering manipulation: the Enron case

Chair: Frans Van Eemeren

6) Eveline T. Feteris, University of Amsterdam
Weighing and balancing on the basis of teleological-evaluative considerations in the justification of judicial decisions

7) Sara Rubinelli & Peter Schulz, University of Lugano
“Don’t let migraine disrupt your life!”. On the efficacy of prescription drugs

8) Bert Meuffels, University of Amsterdam
The conventional validity of the pragma-dialectical discussion rules

9) H. José Plug, University of Amsterdam
Difficulties in the analysis and evaluation of legislative discussions

10) Bilal Amjarso, University of Amsterdam
A pragma-dialectical analysis of the persuasiveness of addressing anticipated countermoves

16:45 – 17:00 Short presentation
Sara Montanari, University of Lugano
The argumentative debate for the immigrants voting rights in Italy

11) Yvon Tonnard, University of Amsterdam
And you think anyone would believe that? How can the presentation be instrumental in bypassing an issue in the discussion


Chair: Eveline Feteris

12) Sarah Bigi (Cath. University of Milan) and Sara Greco-Morasso (University of Lugano)
Relevance of the notion of agency for understanding particular argumentative practices: the case of doctor-patient interaction

13) Giovanni Gobber, Catholic University of Milan
On argumentative roles of interrogative structures in literary texts

10:15 – 10:30 Short presentation
Agatha Filimon, University of Lugano
Patterns of persuasive strategies – a view from the theory of argumentation and the process theories of attitude formation and change

14) Andrea Rocci, University of Lugano
Pragmatic inferences and argumentative inferences

15) Corina Andone, University of Amsterdam
Retraction of a standpoint in political interviews

16) Dima Mohammed, University of Amsterdam
Institutional insights for the evaluation of strategic manoeuvring