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Goal-based Reasoning for Argumentation

  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107119048


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  • This book provides an argumentation model for means end-reasoning, a distinctive type of reasoning used for problem-solving and decision-making. Means end-reasoning is modelled as goal-directed argumentation from an agent's goals and known circumstances, and from an action selected as a means, to a decision to carry out the action. Goal-based Reasoning for Argumentation provides an argumentation model of this kind of reasoning showing how it is employed in settings of intelligent deliberation where agents try to collectively arrive at a conclusion on what they should do to move forward in a set of circumstances. The book explains how this argumentation model can help build more realistic computational systems of deliberation and decision-making, and shows how such systems can be applied to solve problems posed by goal-based reasoning in numerous fields, from social psychology and sociology, to law, political science, anthropology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, and robotics.

    • Presents an argumentation-based point model of practical goal-based reasoning showing how it is applied in settings of persuasion and rational multi-agent deliberation, problem-solving and decision-making
    • Because of its extensive use of examples to illustrate practical reasoning, this book can be used as a textbook or reading in upper level courses
    • Uses argument visualisation tools to display the structure of arguments and explanations in examples in a way that is easy for readers to understand
    • Shows how abductive reasoning (inference to the best explanation) can be used to derive a hypothesis about an agent's intention from evidence of the agent's actions and commitments
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107119048
    • length: 301 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 59 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to practical reasoning
    2. Practical reasoning in health product ads
    3. Formal and computational systems of practical reasoning
    4. Practical reasoning in arguments and explanations
    5. Explanations, motives, and intentions
    6. Practical argumentation in deliberation dialogue
    7. Goal-based argumentation in different types of dialogue
    8. Practical rationality.

  • Author

    Douglas Walton, University of Windsor, Ontario
    Douglas Walton is a Canadian academic and author, well known for his many widely published books and papers on argumentation and logic. He is presently Distinguished Research Fellow of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the University of Windsor, Canada. Walton's work has been used to better prepare legal arguments and to help develop artificial intelligence. His books have been translated worldwide, and he attracts students from many countries to study with him.

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