Synthese

TitleAbstract argumentation and explanation applied to scientific debates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsŠešelja, D, Straßer, C
JournalSynthese
Volume190
Number12
Pagination2195–2217
ISSN0039-7857
Abstract

Abstract argumentation has been shown to be a powerful tool within many fields such as artificial intelligence, logic and legal reasoning. In this paper we enhance Dung's well-known abstract argumentation framework with explanatory capabilities. We show that an explanatory argumentation framework (EAF) obtained in this way is a useful tool for the modeling of scientific debates. On the one hand, EAFs allow for the representation of explanatory and justificatory arguments constituting rivaling scientific views. On the other hand, different procedures for selecting arguments, corresponding to different methodological and epistemic requirements of theory evaluation, can be formulated in view of our framework.

DOI10.1007/s11229-011-9964-y
Citation Key3152319