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The Handbook Argumentation Theory provides an up to date survey of the various theoretical contributions to the development of argumentation theory for all scholars interested in argumentation, informal logic and rhetoric. It describes the historical roots of modern argumentation theory that are still an important theoretical background to contemporary approaches. Because of the complexity, diversity and rate of developments in argumentation theory, there is a real need for an overview of the state of the art, the main approaches that can be distinguished and the distinctive features of these approaches. The Handbook covers classical and modern backgrounds to the study of argumentation, the New Rhetoric developed by Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca, the Toulmin model, formal approaches, informal logic, communication and rhetoric, pragmatic approaches, linguistic approaches and pragma-dialectics. The Handbook is co-authored by Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen, Erik C.W. Krabbe, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans, Bart Verheij and Jean Wagemans, who are a coherent and prominent writing team whose expertise covers the whole field. The authors are assisted by an international Editorial Board consisting of outstanding argumentation scholars whose fields of interest are represented in the volume.
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Frans H. van Eemeren is Professor of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam. Together with Rob Grootendorst (1944-2000) he founded the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation. Van Eemeren a Distinguished Scholar of the American National Communication Association, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Lugano, and alumnus of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is President of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Argumentation, and Editor of the book series Argumentation Library and Argumentation in Context. Among the monographs he (co)authored are Speech Acts in Argumentative Discussions (1984), Argumentation, Communication, and Fallacies (1992), Reconstructing Argumentative Discourse (1993), Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory (1996), A Systematic Theory of Argumentation (2004), Argumentative Indicators in Discourse (2007), Fallacies and Judgments of Reasonableness (2009), and Strategic Maneuvering in Argumentative Discourse (2010). Bart Garssen is Lecturer at the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric of the University of Amsterdam, and Director of the Master's program Discourse and Argumentation Studies Amsterdam (DASA). He is Book Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Argumentation, and Editor of the book series Argumentation in Context. His research interests are empirical research of argumentation, political argumentation and the fallacies. Together with Frans H. van Eemeren and Bert Meuffels he published Fallacies and Judgments of Reasonableness (2009). Ton van Haaften received his Ph.D. from the Free University in Amsterdam and is Professor of Speech Communication, Rhetoric and Argumentation Theory at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Van Haaften's research focuses on argumentative discourse in institutional domains, in particular political and legal discourse. He is interested in combining insights from the fields of argumentation theory, rhetoric, discourse studies, linguistics and stylistic analysis. His research interests include theoretical issues in the theory of language use and more in particular in argumentation theory. Erik C.W. Krabbe (1943) studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. His Ph.D. dissertation, Studies in Dialogical Logic (Groningen, 1982) was supervised by E.M. Barth and by K. Lorenz. Together with E.M. Barth, he wrote From Axiom to Dialogue (1982), a comprehensive study of dialectic systems and their connections with other types of logic. His publications focus on dialogue logic and argumentation. Krabbe is an alumnus of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences and an Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Argumentation. Krabbe taught logic at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Utrecht. From 1988 until 2008 he was an Associate Professor of Logic at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen, teaching both philosophical and mathematical logic and theory of argumentation. In 1995 he was, moreover, appointed as Professor on a special chair for Philosophical Theory of Argumentation. Together with D.N. Walton he co-authored the monograph Commitment in Dialogue (1995). In 1998 Krabbe received an ISSA-award for excellent research. He retired in 2008. A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric of the University of Amsterdam. She us Director of the Research Master's program Rhetoric, Argumentation theory, and Philosophy (RAP). Her research concentrated on linguistic characteristics of argumentation and argumentation structures. In 2007 she published, together with Frans H. van Eemeren and Peter Houtlosser, the monograph Argumentative Indicators in Discourse. Her current research focuses on the role of stylistic devices in strategic manoeuvring aimed at balancing the pursuit of rhetorical effectiveness with dialectical reasonableness. Snoeck Henkemans is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Informal Logic. Jean H.M. Wagemans studied philosophy and argumentation theory at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD at this university in 2009. At present, he is a Lecturer in the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Rhetoric of the same university. His specializations include antique dialectic and rhetoric, the conceptual structure of integrated pragma-dialectics, and scholarly argumentation.
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