Argumentation and Advocacy

This publication provides research and articles on argumentation studies, including contemporary or historical argumentation theory, informal logic, pragma-dialectics, interpersonal arguing, culture and argument, public and political/legal argument and forensics and pedagogy.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, Fall

American Political Mythology and the Senate Filibuster
As Congress opened its 104th session in early January, 1995, both the House of Representatives and the Senate were under Republican party control for the first time in over 40 years. Marked by media fanfare usually reserved for presidential inaugurations,...
Arlen Specter and the Construction of Adversarial Discourse: Selective Representation in the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Hearings
"I do not regard this as an adversary proceeding."(1) - Arlen Specter On the morning of October 11, 1991, Senator Arlen Specter used these words to begin what many observers view as a rather antagonistic interview with Professor Anita F. Hill regarding...
Carol Moseley-Braun's Day to Talk about Race: A Study of Forum in the United States Senate
This essay examines the events of July 23, 1993 in both the Judiciary Committee and on the floor of the United States Senate. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, who referred to the day as "my day to get to talk about race," was involved in two events. Both...
Special Issue: Argumentation and the U.S. Senate
This special issue examines the practices of argumentation in the United States Senate. The three essays are largely concerned with the Senate as a forum where arguments are made within the cultural practices, norms and constraints of place. While changes...