Dialectical argumentation to solve conflicts in advice giving: A case study in the promotion of healthy nutrition

Floriana Grasso, Alison Cawsey, Ray Jones

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Abstract

Conflict situations do not only arise from misunderstandings, erroneous perceptions, partial knowledge, false beliefs, etc., but also from differences in `opinions' and in the different agents' value systems. It is not always possible, and maybe not even desirable, to `solve' this kind of conflict, as the sources are subjective. The communicating agents can, however, use knowledge of the opponent's preferences, to try and convince the partner of a point of view which they wish to promote. To deal with these situations requires an argumentative capacity, able to handle not only `demonstrative' arguments but also `dialectic' ones, which may not necessarily be based on rationality and valid premises. This paper presents a formalization of a theory of informal argumentation, focused on techniques to change attitudes of the interlocutor, in the domain of health promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1115
Number of pages39
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000

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