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The structure of ad hominem dialogues

The structure of ad hominem dialogues

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Models of Argument
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of COMMA 2012
EditorsBart Verheij, Stefan Szeider, Stefan Woltran
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages410-421
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781614991113
ISBN (Print)9781614991106
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StatePublished - 2012
EventFourth International Conference on Computational Models of Argument - Vienna, Austria

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NameFrontiers in artificial intelligence and applications
PublisherIOS Press
Volume245

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ConferenceFourth International Conference on Computational Models of Argument
Abbreviated titleCOMMA 2012
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period10/09/1212/09/12
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The paper proposes a new perspective on modelling ad hominem (AH) techniques in a dialogue. The approach is built upon the following assumptions: (i) that ad hominem is not an inferential, but undercutting structure; (ii) that it can be a non-fallacious dialectical technique in some communicative contexts; and (iii) that critical questions in Walton's AH scheme can be used to determine strategies of defending against AH attack. We aim to achieve two goals in this paper: first, to represent the deep ontological structure of dialogues with the speaker's character attacks and defense; and second, to design a game AdHD in which a personal attack, and defense against it, are legitimate dialogue moves. © 2012 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.

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