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Argumentation and Rhetoric

Argumentation and Rhetoric


Group Coordinators


  • Francisca Snoeck Henkemans (ACLC), senior researcher
  • Corina Andone (ACLC) senior researcher
  • Eveline Feteris (ACLC), senior researcher
  • Bart Garssen (ACLC), senior researcher
  • José Plug (ACLC), senior researcher
  • Jean Wagemans (ACLC), senior researcher
  • Roosmaryn Pilgram (ACLC), postdoc project: resistance to metaphor
  • Lotte van Poppel (ACLC) postdoc project: resistance to metaphor
  • Andreas Finsen (ACLC), PhD candidate project: resistance to metaphor
  • Kiki Renardel de Lavalette, PhD candidate project: resistance to metaphor
  • Dunja Wackers, PhD candidate project: resistance to metaphor


The aim of this research program is to develop theoretical and practical instruments for the analysis, evaluation and production of argumentative discourse in different communicative domains. The research builds on two important developments that have taken place within the pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation in the last fifteen years. The first development concerns the integration of rhetorical insights into the standard pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation by introducing the notion of ‘strategic maneuvering’: the balancing act that arguers perform in their attempt to be reasonable and effective at the same time. The second and most recent development is a further contextualization of the study of argumentation by focusing on specific conventionalized argumentative practices (or ‘activity types’) and by investigating which argumentative patterns may be regarded as prototypical for those practices. In dealing with the following research themes, the research program combines qualitative and quantitative research:

Theme 1 Argumentation in the academic domain

Project 1: Analyzing academic argumentation (Jean Wagemans)

Theme 2 Argumentation in the political domain

Project 1: Argumentation in European Union legislation and non-legislation: content and design, effectiveness and soundness.  (Corina Andone)

Project 2: Institutional Constraints on Parliamentary Debate (Bart Garssen)

Theme 3 Argumentation in the legal domain

Project 1: A pragma-dialectical approach of legal argumentation (Eveline Feteris)

Project 2: Changing institutional constraints on legal argumentation and Communication (José Plug)

Theme 4 Argumentation in the medical domain

Project 1: Institutional constraints on doctor-patient argumentation (Francisca Snoeck Henkemans, Jean Wagemans, Roosmaryn Pilgram)

Theme 5 Dialectical and rhetorical analysis and evaluation of argumentative discourse

Project 1: Identifying argumentative patterns in different kinds of activity types (Corina Andone, Eveline Feteris, Bart Garssen, Francisca Snoeck Henkemans, Jean Wagemans, in collaboration with Frans van Eemeren)

Project 2: Argument schemes (Bart Garssen, in collaboration with Frans van Eemeren)

Project 3: Hidden fallaciousness (Bart Garssen, in collaboration with Frans van Eemeren)

Theme 6 Resistance to metaphor

Lotte van Poppel, Roosmaryn Pilgram, Andreas Finsen, Kiki Renardel Delavalette, Dunja Wackers, Corina Andone, Jean Wagemans, José Plug

Research highlights in 2018

  • A summer school on Argumentation in context was held from June 25-June 29 2018. There were 25 international participants (PhD students)
  • The 9th International Conference of the Society for the study of argumentation (ISSA) was organized by the ARGA group and took place from 3-6 July 2018. There were more than 300 participants (
  • A special issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context on Medical argumentation and patient centered care appeared, edited by A.F.Snoeck Henkemans, R. Pilgram & N. Labrie (2018, 7(2).
  • The 2nd edition of the book Argumentation: Analysis and evaluation by F.H. van Eemeren and A.F. Snoeck Henkemans appeared in a Japanese and a Chinese translation
  • The Chinese translation of E.T. Feteris, Fundamentals of legal argumentation. A survey of theories on the justification of legal decisions appeared (Second edition. Dordrecht: Springer)

Visiting researchers

In 2018 the following researchers have been hosted with ARGA:

  • Yu Shiyang (PhD-student, China) 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018
  • Xinliang Yang (PhD-student, China) 15 September 2017 - 1 March 2018
  • Nadine Kammermann (PhD-student, Switzerland) 4 September 2017 - 1 February 2018 Vahid Niamadpour (PhD-student, Iran) 1 October 2017 - 1 April 2018
  • Halís Alves (PhD-student, Brazil) 1 September 2018 - 31 July 2019
  • Lijun Ji (PhD-student, China) 20 August 2018 - 31 August 2019
  • Bin Wang (Associate professor, China) 1 September 2018 - August 2019
  • Linqiong Yan (PhD-student, China) 15 December 2018 - 15 December 2019

Societal Impact

Pilgram, R., Labrie, N. & Snoeck Henkemans, A.F. (2018). Commentary: “Integrating insights from Argumentation Theory and Shared Decision Making. Society for Medical Decision Making Newsletter, Winter 2018.