Argumentation in Complex Communication: Managing Disagreement in a Polylogue

Marcin Lewiński, Mark Aakhus

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A pervasive aspect of human communication and sociality is argumentation: the practice of making and criticizing reasons in the context of doubt and disagreement. Argumentation underpins and shapes the decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict management which are fundamental to human relationships. However, argumentation is predominantly conceptualized as two parties arguing pro and con positions with each other in one place. This dyadic bias undermines the capacity to engage argumentation in complex communication in contemporary, digital society. This book offers an ambitious alternative course of inquiry for the analysis, evaluation, and design of argumentation as polylogue: various players arguing over many positions across multiple places. Taking up key aspects of the twentieth-century revival of argumentation as a communicative, situated practice, the polylogue framework engages a wider range of discourses, messages, interactions, technologies, and institutions necessary for adequately engaging the contemporary entanglement of argumentation and complex communication in human activities. Exposes the ever-widening gap between today's theory and practice of argumentation – and bridges it by offering new concepts to analyze, evaluate, and design argumentation Overturns a profound bias in argumentation theory that limits the capacity and reach of the field for engaging complex communication in contemporary, digital society Offers an innovative theoretical framework for analyzing, evaluating, and designing polylogues, understood as practices of managing disagreements among multiple positions, players, and places.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages263
ISBN (Electronic)9781009274364
ISBN (Print)9781009274371
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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