PERIODIC TABLE OF ARGUMENTS

THE ATOMIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF PERSUASIVE DISCOURSE

Theoretical framework

The Periodic Table of Arguments (PTA) takes a highly innovative approach to argument categorization. Unlike other classifications, taxonomies, and lists of arguments developed in philosophy and rhetoric so far, the PTA distinguishes between argument types by looking at three basic characteristics: the argument form, the argument substance, and the argument lever. It defines an argument type as a unique combination of the values of these three parameters. Consequently, arguments belong to the same type when they share the values of all three parameters and they belong to different types if at least one of these values differs.

The PTA’s parametric approach to argument categorization provides a clear rationale for distinguishing between the types, which makes it easier for people to articulate their differences in interpreting argumentative or persuasive discourse. The approach also facilitates annotating argumentation in the wild as well as formalization and implementation of argument-checking.

By following the links, you can learn more about the basic terminology of the PTA and the three parameters argument form, argument substance, and argument lever. For more information and free downloads of key publications on the PTA, please see the list below.

Bibliography PTA

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2023). How to identify an argument type? On the hermeneutics of argumentative discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, 203, 117-129 >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2021). Argument Type Identification Procedure (ATIP) – Version 4. Published online December 30, 2021 >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2020). Why missing premises can be missed: Evaluating arguments by determining their lever. In J. Cook (Ed.), Proceedings of OSSA 12: Evidence, Persuasion & Diversity. Windsor, ON: OSSA Conference Archive >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2019). Four basic argument forms. Research in Language, 17(1), 57-69 >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2018). Analogy, similarity, and the Periodic Table of ArgumentsStudies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, 55 (68), 63-75 >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2018). Assertoric syllogistic and the Periodic Table of Arguments. In S. Oswald & D. Maillat (Eds.), Argumentation and Inference: Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Argumentation, Fribourg 2017. (Volume I, pp. 573-588). London: College Publications >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2016). Reply to commentary on Constructing a Periodic Table of Arguments. In P. Bondy & L. Benacquista (Eds.), Argumentation, Objectivity, and Bias: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 18-21 May 2016 (pp. 1-4). Windsor, ON: OSSA >>> DOWNLOAD

Wagemans, J.H.M. (2016). Constructing a Periodic Table of Arguments. In P. Bondy & L. Benacquista (Eds.), Argumentation, Objectivity, and Bias: Proceedings of the 11thInternational Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 18-21 May 2016 (pp. 1-12). Windsor, ON: OSSA >>> DOWNLOAD

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