Argumentation and academic writing, with Marcin Lewinski, September 26

“As argued by British philosopher John L. Austin, argumentation, like any other speech act, is inherently performative. Therefore, in order to work, it should be happily performed, both orally (talks, presentations) and in texts. The goal of this class is to learn how to construct good, sound, or reasonable argumentation in the context of your written and spoken academic discourse. Contrary to a received view, argumentation does not have to be built of pure logical forms to be good. Recent argumentation theory analyses various kinds of informal arguments that can be used soundly in presenting a thesis. Such forms include arguing from analogy, from example, or from sign. We will discuss basic ways to make your argumentation strong and precise through a series of short written exercises that will give you a chance to both engage your creativity and control the quality of your arguments”. (Marcin Lewinski)

Marcin LewiƄski is a post-doctoral researcher at the Argumentation Lab (http://www.arglab.ifl.pt), a research unit within the Institute of Philosophy of Language (http://www.ifl.pt/), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

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