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Debate Dynamics: How Controversy Improves Our Beliefs

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This highly innovative study deploys multi-agent simulation of controversial debate to explore whether, in fact, critical argumentation is an effective way to overcome disagreement. It synthesizes research in both formal epistemology and argumentation theory.

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Titel: Debate Dynamics: How Controversy Improves Our Beliefs
Autoren/Herausgeber: Gregor Betz
Aus der Reihe: Synthese Library
Ausgabe: 2013

ISBN/EAN: 9789400745988

Seitenzahl: 258
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 567 g
Sprache: Englisch

Gregor Betz is a Junior professor in Philosophy of Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. With a background in philosophy, mathematics and political sciences, he has held positions at Universität Stuttgart and Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests span philosophy of science, argumentation theory, applied ethics and the interpretation of classic philosophers.

Is critical argumentation an effective way to overcome disagreement? And does the exchange of arguments bring opponents in a controversy closer to the truth? This study provides a new perspective on these pivotal questions. By means of multi-agent simulations, it investigates the truth and consensus-conduciveness of controversial debates. The book brings together research in formal epistemology and argumentation theory. Aside from its consequences for discursive practice, the work may have important implications for philosophy of science and the way we construe scientific rationality as well.

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