Pressure and Argumentation in Public Controversies: A Dialogical Perspective

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When can exerting pressure in a public controversy promote reasonable outcomes, and when is it rather a hindrance? We show how negotiation and persuasion dialogue can be intertwined. Then, we examine in what ways one can in a public controversy exert pressure on others through sanctions or rewards. Finally, we discuss from the viewpoints of persuasion and negotiation whether and, if so, how pressure hinders the achievement of a reasonable outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-227
Number of pages23
JournalInformal logic
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30-Sep-2019


  • argumentation
  • fallacies
  • negotiation dialogue
  • persuasion dialogue
  • pressure
  • public controversy

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