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Debate Dynamics: How Controversy Improves Our Beliefs

Authors: Betz, Gregor

  • Uses a highly innovative and original research method: multi-agent simulation of controversial debate
  • Addresses both the practical and theoretical implications of truth- and consensus-conduciveness of controversial argumentation
  • Is accessible to a wide audience, including scholars with no background in philosophy
  • Relates to striving fields in philosophy, i.e. judgement aggregation, social epistemology, simulation of opinion dynamics
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About this book

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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Betz, Gregor

    Pages 1-31

  • An Introduction to the Theory of Dialectical Structures

    Betz, Gregor

    Pages 33-51

  • Introduction to Part I

    Betz, Gregor

    Pages 55-64

  • The Consensual Dynamics of Simple Random Debates

    Betz, Gregor

    Pages 65-80

  • The Consensual Dynamics of Random Debates with Explicit Background Knowledge

    Betz, Gregor

    Pages 81-92

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4599-5
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4598-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8426-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Debate Dynamics: How Controversy Improves Our Beliefs
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
357
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4599-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4599-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4598-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8426-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 258
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