This volume presents a selection of papers reflecting key theoretical issues in argumentation theory.
Its six sections are devoted to specific themes, including the analysis and evaluation of argumentation, argument schemes and the contextual embedding of argumentation. The section on general perspectives on argumentation discusses the trends of empiricalization, contextualization and formalization, offers descriptions of the analytical and evaluative tools of informal logic, and highlights selected principles that argumentation theorists do and do not agree upon. In turn, the section on linguistic approaches to argumentation focuses on the problem of distinguishing between explanation and argument, while also elaborating on the role of verbal indicators of argument schemes. All essays included in this volume point out notable recent developments in the study of argumentation. The volume includes papers by Frans H. van Eemeren, J. Anthony Blair, G.C. Goddu, Douglas Nino, Danny Marrero, Sharon Bailin, Mark Battersby, David Hitchcock, James B. Freeman, Jens E. Kjeldsen, Daniel H. Cohen, Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Scott Aikin, John Casey, Paula Olmos, Manfred Kraus, Fabrizio Macagno, Harvey Siegel, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans, Jean Wagemans, Sally Jackson, Thierry Herman, Johanna Mieczikowski, Elena Musi and Pierre-Yves Raccah.