September 2015 – February 2017
The aim of the project is to methodically analyse and evaluate practical argumentation in the public debates over European energy and climate policies. Crucial questions are asked today across Europe: Shall we keep buying natural gas from Russia? Or invest more in wind and solar energy? Or instead return to coal or nuclear energy? Or go for the shale gas exploration? In all that, what are our primary goals and values? What should be our criteria for such critical decisions? Are national energy security, global climate justice, and economic efficiency compatible as “no-regret” options – or are they mutually exclusive? These questions lead to competing views and arguments being hotly debated across the European Union and beyond. The on-going multi-party debates (polylogues) are expected to produce one consistent pan-European energy policy. What are the chief components of these debates in terms of practical arguments produced for and against proposed courses of action? In order to understand the discursive contributions of the parties to the European energy and climate change debates, the international team involved in the project will examine the linguistic manifestations of practical arguments, main argumentative strategies and values on which arguments are based. The project will use a corpus of available local, national and EU debates and documents.
The project involves the local core members of the FCSH team (Marcin Lewinski, Dima Mohammed, Fabrizio Macagno, Mali Uzelgun, Catherine Moury), as well as four international teams.
(1) The Netherlands (University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen)
(2) The UK (University of Lancaster, University of Central Lancashire)
(3) Switzerland (University of Fribourg, University of Lugano, University of Lausanne)
(4) The USA (Rutgers University)
Some of the members of the teams - Jan Albert van Laar (Groningen, NL), Jean Wagemans (Amsterdam, NL), Isabela and Norman Fairclough (Lancaster, UK), and Steve Oswald (Fribourg, CH) , and Mark Aakhus (Rutgers, USA) – presented their contributions to the project during the International Workshop Practical argumentation in the energy and climate debates organized at the ArgLab in September 2015.
Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Workshop "Virtualism and the Mind"
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "An Online Social Debating System"
Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"4E Cognition: Radical or…
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Reasoning as a self-doubter"
Value Seminar Session with Erich Rast, Sala 1.05 ID 16h
Value Seminar with Marcin Lewiński, Sala 1.05 ID 16h
Value Seminar with Dima Mohammed, Sala 1.05 ID 16h
Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Dream Machines: Predictive Processing,…
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Illocution and accommodation in the functioning…
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Narratives in Scientific Justificatory Practice"
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Communicative agency - an enterprise in…
International colloquium | The philosophy of Donald Davidson
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Using argumentation as a tool for…
ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Learning Consistency Via Argumentation"
Dina Mendonça on the Role of Reflexivity and Meta-Emotions in…
International Conference | Argumentation and Reasoned Action