Profiles of Dialogue for Relevance

Informal Logic 36 (4):523-562 (2016)
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Abstract

This paper uses argument diagrams, argumentation schemes, and some tools from formal argumentation systems developed in artificial intelligence to build a graph-theoretic model of relevance shown to be applicable as a practical method for helping a third party judge issues of relevance or irrelevance of an argument in real examples. Examples used to illustrate how the method works are drawn from disputes about relevance in natural language discourse, including a criminal trial and a parliamentary debate.

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Douglas Walton
Last affiliation: University of Windsor
Fabrizio Macagno
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

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