Functional perspective on argumentation schemes

Adam Wyner*

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In multi-agent systems (MAS), abstract argumentation and argumentation schemes are increasingly important. To be useful for MAS, argumentation schemes require a computational approach so that agents can use the components of a scheme to construct and present arguments and counterarguments. This paper proposes a syntactic analysis that integrates argumentation schemes with abstract argumentation. Schemes can be analysed into the roles that propositions play in each scheme and the structure of the associated propositions, yielding a greater understanding of the schemes, a uniform method of analysis, and a systematic means to relate one scheme to another. This analysis of the schemes helps to clarify what is needed to provide denotations of the terms and predicates in a semantic model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-133
Number of pages21
JournalArgument and Computation
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016

Bibliographical note

This work is based on research done at University of Liverpool on the FP7-ICT-2009-4 Programme, IMPACT Project, Grant Agreement Number 247228. The Principal Investigator at Liverpool was Katie Atkinson. I particularly thank Professor Trevor Bench-Capon for many discussions and contributions on this topic. The paper is a substantive revision of a paper presented at the Ninth International Workshop on Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS 2012).


  • Abstract argumentation
  • Argumentation schemes
  • Functional analysis
  • Instantiated argumentation


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