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. 46, No. 3, Winter

Do the Lincoln-Douglas Debates Really Matter?
Toward the end of the 2008 presidential primaries, Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton repeatedly challenged Barack Obama to more debates. She would meet him anywhere, any time. I thought she might add what Bert Lahr did when he roared, lionlike, that...
On the Ground with the Great Debates: Lincoln and Douglas Come to Galesburg
"Now he belongs to the ages," famously memorialized Secretary of War Edwin Stanton over the just deceased Abraham Lincoln in the back parlor of Petersen's boarding house on April 15, 1865. The prophetic aphorism began the process that took Abraham...
The Debates Remembered: The Case of Galesburg
Students of commemoration agree that local celebrations have an integrative purpose; that they are intended to reinforce shared values and to reaffirm communal bonds and community identity. The citizens involved in such celebrations are said to desire...
The Little Men Behind the Curtain: The Committees, Connectors, and Carpenters Who Made the Lincoln-Douglas Debates Happen
"In ordinary times," wrote Samuel P. Bowles' Springfield, Massachusetts Republican, in June, 1858, "the force of party machinery is all-powerful in this country,--defying even the assaults of its architects." It was the great disgrace of American politics...
The New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration
The New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate Over Immigration. By Robin Dale Jacobson. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008; pp. xxvii + 190. $19.95 paper. In the middle of his new book, Robin Dale Jacobson explains that much of...
Turning Points in the Galesburg Debate
By the time Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in Galesburg, their campaign for the U.S. Senate already had been underway for nearly four months. That was highly unusual, since U.S. Senators were chosen by the state legislature, which itself...