Periodic Table of Arguments

The atomic building blocks of persuasive discourse


The Periodic Table of Arguments is a classification of arguments that combines dialectical accounts of argument schemes and fallacies with rhetorical accounts of logos, ethos, and pathos into a systematic and comprehensive framework. The classification is based on clear criteria for distinguishing between the types of arguments and contains formal(izable) descriptions of their properties. These characteristics make the Periodic Table of Arguments especially suitable as a point of departure for formal linguistic and computational research into persuasive discourse.

The Periodic Table of Arguments is developed by Jean Wagemans, a philosopher with special expertise in rhetoric, argumentation, and debate who is affiliated to the Argumentation and Rhetoric Group Amsterdam (ARGA) of the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).