International Learned Institute of Argumentation Studies - Pragma-dialectical Research and Education


Argumentative Style, by F. H. van Eemeren

van Eemeren, Frans H. 2019. Argumentative Style: A Complex Notion. Argumentation 33/2: 153-171.


This theoretical expose explores the complex notion of argumentative style, which has so far been largely neglected in argumentation theory. After an introduction of the problems involved, the theoretical tools for identifying the properties of the discourse in which an argumentative style manifests itself are explained from a pragma-dialectical perspective and a theoretical definition of argumentative style is provided that does full justice to its role in argumentative discourse. The article concludes with a short reflection upon the next steps that need to be taken in argumentation theory in further substantiating the notion of argumentative style.