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Dr J.H.M. (Jean) Wagemans

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Taalbeheersing, Argumentatietheorie en Retorica

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 511
Postal address
  • Postbus 1637
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • News


    Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2019

    November 26, 2019

    Federica Russo, Jean Wagemans and Federico Gobbo are finalists of the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2019. They are the scientific team behind KRINO, an AI engine for causal inference and argumentation.


    Kick-off event COST Action APPLY in Lisbon

    March 19-22, 2019

    The European network for Argumentation and Public PoLicY analysis (APPLY) improves the way European citizens understand, evaluate and contribute to public decision-making on such matters of common concern as climate change or energy policies.

    Jean Wagemans has been appointed as the Science Communication Manager of this COST Action.

    Visit the APPLY website


    New website on the Periodic Table of Arguments 

    December 9, 2017

    You are invited to visit the new website about the Periodic Table of Arguments. It contains a description of the theoretical framework of the table, information on the types of arguments within the four different quadrants, and analyses of concrete examples. Please follow the link below.

    Visit the new website on the Periodic Table of Arguments


    Facts and rhetoric in political campaigns

    October 20, 2016

    Wagemans contributed to a documentary on the Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement referendum by giving his expert opinion on the role of rhetoric in the public debate preceding the referendum. The documentary was made by Misja Pekel and Judith Konijn and was broadcasted on Dutch national television.  


    Wagemans presents Periodic Table of Arguments in Croatia

    April 27, 2016

    Dutch philosopher Jean H.M. Wagemans of the University of Amsterdam presented his Periodic Table of Arguments on a conference on argumentation and rhetoric in Postira (Croatia) that was held last week. The table is an attempt to integrate philosophical (dialectical) and rhetorical accounts of the types of argument into a new standard model of argument.

    Wagemans chose the Days of Ivo Škarić International Conference on Rhetoric to be the first occasion to present his Periodic Table of Arguments. “It is one of the most important and enjoyable conferences in the field. Because of the relatively small size and the great hospitality of the organizers, there is ample opportunity to discuss your findings at length with a group of top scholars”.

    According to Wagemans, who has been working on the project for almost two years, the age-old antagonism between philosophy and rhetoric is reflected in the present-day field of argumentation theory: “Scholars working from a dialectical perspective tend to adhere to a strict division between reasonable arguments and fallacies. But since fallacies may be very effective, rhetoricians do not hesitate to include them in their accounts of the means of persuasion. As a result, there is a great divide between dialectical and rhetorical accounts of the types of arguments.”

    Apart from narrowing the gap between philosophy and rhetoric, creating a Periodic Table of Arguments addresses another vexing problem in the field of argumentation theory. “Some scholars say that there are 63 types of arguments, others say 300, and yet others stick to only 3 different types. Now one may state that this is unproblematic since in the humanities, contrary to the situation in the sciences, it is always a positive thing to have such a wide variety of opinions. But I don’t buy that.” According to Wagemans, who studied physics and astronomy before switching to philosophy, any account of the types of argument should be based on clear and explicit theoretical starting points. “Only in this case, our elaborate analyses and evaluations of argumentative discourse can be compared to one another.”

    The construction of the Periodic Table of Arguments has already generated several interesting hypotheses concerning the nature of arguments. “It appears to be the case that fallacies and several rhetorical means of persuasion can be reconstructed as second-order arguments. The periodicity of the table makes it easier to detect all kinds of differences and commonalities between the types of argument. I expect the table to generate a lot of interesting new research, not only theoretical but also empirical and computational research.”

    As was pointed out by one of the attendants of the conference, the Periodic Table of Arguments may also be used for educational purposes. At the moment, Wagemans is working on a book on the table and its applications. “It sure is a lot of work, but I really enjoy writing it. The Periodic Table of Elements wasn’t created in one day either. So if you have any comments or questions, please drop me a line!”

  • About Jean Wagemans

    ARGA pages at the ACLC website


    Jean Wagemans is a philosopher specialized in rhetoric, argumentation, and debate. He completed an M.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Argumentation Theory at the University of Amsterdam and is currently working as a senior researcher in the Argumentation and Rhetoric Group Amsterdam (ARGA) of the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC).

    Wagemans is the initiator of the Periodic Table of Arguments, a systematic overview of dialectical and rhetorical accounts of argument schemes, fallacies, and other means of persuasion with applications in formal linguistics, corpus linguistics, and computational argumentation – for more info, please visit the official PTA website. Wagemans is participating in the NWO funded research project Resistance to metaphor and the HORIZON 2020 funded COST action APPLY – European network for argumentation and public policy analysis, for which he also acts as the Science Communication Manager.

    Wagemans co-authored the Handbook of Argumentation Theory and Argumentation and debate (in Dutch), and published articles, book reviews, and popularizing columns on rhetoric and argumentation – for downloads, please visit his Academia website. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Argumentation and a reviewer for Informal LogicArgument & ComputationJournal of Argumentation in Context, and other scientific journals. Wagemans co-directed the ISSA 9th International Conference on Argumentation and was a member of the scientific panels of ECA 2ARGAGE 2018DIS 3, and other conferences in the field.

    Download articles from

    Periodic Table of Arguments - official website

  • Argumentation Theory

    Social networks on argumentation

    The online discussion forum Argumentation Theory brings together scholars working in the field of argumentation theory. Over 900 members share information about upcoming conferences, journal issues, new publications, etc. The forum is initiated and moderated by Jean H.M. Wagemans, assistant professor of argumentation theory at the University of Amsterdam. 

    Join the online discussion forum Argumentation Theory

    Blogs on argumentation

    These blogs publish regularly on topics of interest for argumentation scholars.

    Argumentics - The Physics of Argumentation

    RAIL - A blog about Reasoning, Argumentation, and Informal Logic

    Journals on argumentation

    For information and download of articles, please follow the links below.

    Argument and Computation

    Argumentation (Volume 1 - current issue)

    Argumentation and Advocacy


    Informal Logic

    Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy (Volume 1 - current issue)

    Philosophy and Rhetoric (Volume 32.2, 33 - current issue)

    Phronesis (Volume 36 - current issue)

    Rhetorica (Volume 1 - current issue)

    Rhetoric Society Quarterly


    The Journal of Argumentation in Context

  • Publications

    Talk / presentation

    • Wagemans, J. H. M. (speaker) (30-11-2007). Status Theory and Pragma-Dialectics, Lugano- Amsterdam Colloquium, Lugano, Università della Svizzera Italiana.
    • Wagemans, J. H. M. (speaker) (13-1-2007). Dialectic and Rhetoric: Historico-Philosophical Backgrounds of Pragma-Dialectics, Lugano- Amsterdam Colloquium on Argumentation, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano.
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