Argument and Controversy

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode FI213JL
Vaknaam Argument and Controversy
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Argument and Controversy
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course, the student:
- Has knowledge and understanding of the functions of argument and criticism in public controversy, and of how argumentation theories can be used for more in-depth understanding and assessment of contributions to public controversies.
- Can explain and critically reflect on some key concepts in the philosophy of argument, such as: deep disagreement, visual argumentation, fallacy, framing, burden of proof, strategic manoeuvring, argumentative design.
- Can apply the concepts and theories to a self-selected contribution to a public controversy (for example an opinion piece) both to analyse and assess that contribution, and to reflect critically on the concepts and theories applied when analysing and assessing it.
- Can report (presentation and essay) about the outcomes of this case study.
Omschrijving Participants in a public controversy often act as players in a social arena, trying to get things their way. At the same time, they typically exchange arguments and criticisms, thereby appealing to standards of reasonableness. In this course, we deal with the philosophy of argument, and discuss a number of possible norms for criticism and reasoning in public controversies. Some of the problems we focus on are: How to deal with deep disagreements? What room should we allow rhetoric and oratory? Is all straw manning, framing, and personal criticism fallacious, or may it sometimes be helpful to include marginalised positions? Do those who challenge the status quo have the burden of proof? Is there logic in visual rhetoric, in emotive language, in narration?
Uren per week
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. J.A. van Laar
Docent(en) dr. J.A. van Laar
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Digital reader
Entreevoorwaarden None required
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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