Alexander Kremling has compiled a vast argument map of Descartes Meditations, which he presented at the 9th conference of the German Association of Analytic Philosophy.
Can we use argument mapping techniques to enhance empirical discourse analysis? In a recent talk at KIT’s Science – Media – Communicaton Lab, I presented our experience in merging argumentation-theoretic and empirical discourse analysis so far.
It’s not obvious how to present an argument map that consists in dozens of arguments. That’s because, in a talk, you want to comment both on the macro structure of the debate, providing an initial overview, as well as on individual arguments featured in the map.
Do you ponder using argumentation software such as Argunet, but have not taken a course in argumentation theory or logic yet? Or do you just want to refresh you argument analysis skills? There’s plenty of learning material on the web that helps you to improve you critical thinking skills. This post features and comments on three free online courses.
Linked, convergent and serial argumentation are basic notions of argument structure in Critical Thinking and Informal Logic. This post describes how these argument patterns translate into Argunet argument maps.
Argument mapping represents a powerful framework for providing policy advice. This post describes how Argunet has been used in a recent project on so-called climate engineering methods.
This post reviews the following textbooks on critical thinking:
In a nutshell, my favourite is Bowell/Kemp , closely followed by Lau .
Since October 2012, Ralf Grötker from Debattenprofis has been conducting a media experiment involving argument maps and swarm intelligence. In the so-called Faktencheck (Factcheck) series, Grötker sets up and moderates online forums on controversial issues (e.g., “boycott of textiles — helpful or not?”). Debattenprofis use argument maps to aggregate the discussions. In a recent article Grötker sums up his experience so far.
The latest version of Argunet
- fastens Client-Server communication. Specifically, argument maps are only updated if they have been changed on the server. This fixes the issue that you could hardly work on huge maps online.
- improves the inplace editor for arguments and theses.
- adds context menu options: “Insert conclusion into map”, “Insert premisses into map”
- adds context menus everywhere
- eliminates group-blinking.