Douglas N. Walton

List of John Benjamins publications for which Douglas N. Walton plays a role.


Dialog Theory for Critical Argumentation

Douglas N. Walton

[Controversies, 5] 2007. xviii, 308 pp.
Subjects Communication Studies | Discourse studies | Pragmatics

Informal Fallacies

Douglas N. Walton

[Pragmatics & Beyond Companion Series, 4] 1987. x, 338 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Philosophy | Pragmatics | Semantics

Topical Relevance in Argumentation

Douglas N. Walton

[Pragmatics & Beyond, III:8] 1982. viii, 81 pp.
Subjects Pragmatics | Semantics | Theoretical linguistics


Koszowy, Marcin and Douglas N. Walton 2019 Epistemic and deontic authority in the argumentum ad verecundiam Pragmatics and Society 10:2, pp. 287–315
The aim of this paper is to elaborate tools that would allow us to analyse arguments from authority and guard against fallacious uses of them. To accomplish this aim, we extend the list of existing argumentation schemes representing arguments from authority. For this purpose, we formulate a new… read more | Article
This paper is a report of a pilot study of how candidates argue when they are running for political office. The election studied was the provincial election in Ontario, Canada, in the fall of 2011. Having collected about 250 arguments given during the election from newspaper media, we sought… read more | Article
Walton, Douglas N. and Thomas F. Gordon 2012 The Carneades model of argument inventionPragmatics & Cognition 20:1, pp. 1–31
Argument invention is a method that can be used to help an arguer find arguments that could be used to prove a claim he needs to defend. The aim of this paper is to show how argumentation systems recently developed in artificial intelligence can be applied to the task of argument invention. One… read more | Article
Krabbe, Erik C.W. and Douglas N. Walton 2011 Formal dialectical systems and their uses in the study of argumentationKeeping in touch with Pragma-Dialectics: In honor of Frans H. van Eemeren, Feteris, Eveline T., Bart Garssen and Francisca Snoeck Henkemans (eds.), pp. 245–264
Macagno, Fabrizio and Douglas N. Walton 2011 Reasoning from paradigms and negative evidencePragmatics & Cognition 19:1, pp. 92–116
Reasoning from negative evidence takes place where an expected outcome is tested for, and when it is not found, a conclusion is drawn based on the significance of the failure to find it. By using Gricean maxims and implicatures, we show how a set of alternatives, which we call a paradigm, provides… read more | Article
Godden, David M. and Douglas N. Walton 2007 A theory of presumption for everyday argumentationPragmatics & Cognition 15:2, pp. 313–346
The paper considers contemporary models of presumption in terms of their ability to contribute to a working theory of presumption for argumentation. Beginning with the Whatelian model, we consider its contemporary developments and alternatives, as proposed by Sidgwick, Kauffeld, Cronkhite, Rescher,… read more | Article
This investigation joins recent research on problems with ambiguity in two fields, argumentation and computing. In argumentation, there is a concern with fallacies arising from ambiguity, including equivocation and amphiboly. In computing, the development of agent communication languages is based… read more | Article
In this paper, it is shown how formal dialectic can be extended to model multi-agent argumentation in which each participant is an agent. An agent is viewed as a participant in a dialogue who not only has goals, and the capability for actions, but who also has stable characteristics of types that… read more | Article
Walton, Douglas N. 1993 The speech act of presumptionPragmatics & Cognition 1:1, pp. 125–148
This paper presents a speech act analysis of presumption, using the framework of a dialogue in which two parties reason together. In the speech act of presumption, as opposed to that of assertion, the burden of proof resides not on the proponent to prove, but on the respondent to rebut. Some… read more | Article