Fabrizio Macagno

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, IFL, FCSH-UNL


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Academic Appointments 

  • January 2014 – present

Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem

Research fellow (Investigador FCT). Field of investigation: Argumentation theory and science education.

  • September 2011 - present

Universidade Nova de Lisboa – FCSH

Visiting Auxiliar Professor: Course: Estratégias Argumentativas (MA in Strategic communication).

  • September-December 2012 

Teachers College at Columbia University

Visiting Scholar: Research under the supervision of Prof. Deanna Kuhn on dialectical strategies in education.

  • September 2010 – December 2013

Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem

Post-doc researcher. Field of investigation: Argumentation theory and pragmatics.


Latest publications


  • Macagno, F. Walton, D. (2014). Emotive language in argumentation. Cambridge University Press, New York. Available here 

Journal articles

  • Macagno, F., Mayweg-Paus, E., & Kuhn, D. (2015). Argumentation Theory in Education Studies: Coding and Improving Students’ Argumentative Strategies. Topoi 34:523–537
  • Mayweg-Paus, E., Macagno, F. & Kuhn, D. (2015). Developing argumentation strategies in electronic dialogs: Is modeling effective? Discourse Processes. doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2015.1040323
  • Macagno, F., & Douglas, W. (2015). Classifying the patterns of natural arguments. Philosophy & Rhetoric 48(1): 26-53.
  • Walton, D., & Macagno, F. (2015). The Importance and Trickiness of Definition Strategies in Legal and Political Argumentation. Journal of Politics and Law 8(1): 137-148.
  • Macagno, F. (2014). Manipulating emotions. Value-based reasoning and emotive language. Argumentation and Advocacy 51: 103-122.

Book chapters 

  • Walton, D., Macagno, F., & Sartor, G. (2014).  Interpretative Argumentation Schemes. Jurix conference. Krakow. In Hoekstra, R.  (ed.), Legal knowledge and information systems (JURIX 2014) (pp. 21-22), Amsterdam : IOS Press.
  • Walton, D., Sartor, G., Macagno, F., & Rotolo, A. (2014). Argumentation Schemes for Statutory Interpretation: A Logical Analysis. In Hoekstra, R.  (ed.), Legal knowledge and information systems (JURIX 2014) (pp. 11-20), Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Macagno, F. (2015). A means-end classification of argumentation schemes. In F. van Eemeren and B. Garssen, Reflections on theoretical issues in argumentation theory (pp. 183-201). Cham: Springer.
  • Macagno, F. (2015). Arguments of interpretation and argumentation schemes. In: M. Manzin, F. Puppo. S. Tomasi (eds.), Studies on Argumentation and Legal Philosophy. Further Steps Towards a Pluralistic Approach (pp. 51-80). Trento: Università degli studi di Trento.
  • Macagno, F. (2015). Presupposition as Argumentative Reasoning. In: A. Capone and J. L. Mey (eds.), Interdisciplinary Studies in Pragmatics, Culture and Society (pp. 465-487). Cham: Springer. 


Latest conference presentations

  • September 2015. With Sarah Bigi. Types of dialogue and pragmatic ambiguity. Argumentation & Language. Lausanne, 9-11 September 2015.
  • July 2015. With Sarah Bigi. Presupposing as presumptive reasoning: Analyzing the implicit grounds in doctor-patient chronic care consultations. International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, 26-31 July.
  • June 2015. With Elizabeth Mayweg-Paus and Deanna Kuhn Coding relevance and function in students’ arguments. 1st European Conference on Argumentation. Lisbon, 9-12 June 2015.
  • 14 January 2015. Università della Svizzera Italiana. The arguments of interpretation and the teleological argument. Argupolis worshop.
  • 19 March 2015. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Arguments of interpretation and argumentation schemes. Reasoning and Argumentation in Legal Discourse.
  • December 2014. Presumptive and systematic reasoning in defamation cases. Argmas. Jurix conference. Krakow.
  • 27 November 2014. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. Come analizzare la comunicazione? Schemi argomentativi, euristiche, tipi di dialogo. Healthy Reasoning: la comunicazione efficace nella cura delle malattie croniche. 
  • September 2014. With Paus, E. Fordere mich heraus! – Wie sich die Interaktion mit einem erfahrenen Argumentationspartner auf die Entwicklung der Argumentationsfähigkeit bei Schülern auswirkt. 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bochum.
  • June 2014. A means-end classification of argumentation schemes. The Eight Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation ISSA.


See full CV here



Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa