The structure of ad hominem dialogues

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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.
    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
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781614991113
    ISBN (Print)9781614991106
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventFourth International Conference on Computational Models of Argument - Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 10 Sep 201212 Sep 2012

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    NameFrontiers in artificial intelligence and applications
    PublisherIOS Press


    ConferenceFourth International Conference on Computational Models of Argument
    Abbreviated titleCOMMA 2012
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