Fabrizio Macagno - FCT Investigator Grant awarded

December 10, 2013

ArgLab researcher, Fabrizio Macagno is one of the 368 researchers granted the FCT Investigator Starting Grant. The FCT Investigator Programme aims to create a talent base of scientific leaders, by providing 5-year funding for the most talented and promising researchers, across all scientific areas and nationalities (More on the programme at http://www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/investigador-fct/index.phtml.en).

Macagno's research project tackles an innovative issue, the relationship between interpretation and reasoning, within argumentation theory. Argumentation is a new and at the same time extremely ancient field, rooted in the traditional dialectical and rhetorical theories and recently revived especially with the Informal Logic and Pragma-Dialectical theories. The project is aimed at investigating how semantics is related with reasoning and how argumentation schemes can be used as instruments for interpreting and analyzing meaning. This approach to interpretation is new both in pragmatics (where the reasoning underlying implicatures or implicit meaning is not inquired into) and argumentation theory (more focused on the assessment of arguments and fallacies than text analysis). This proposal would allow the discipline to find further applications in the domains of political and legal discourse and education, providing an analytical tool (argumentation schemes) and a method of text analysis that can be easily taught and applied.

In addition to the  5-year personal funding, the FCT Investigator grant also includes funding for an Exploratory Project (up to €50 000). The general goal of Macagno's exploratory project (Argumentation schemes in education - IF/00945/2013) is to contribute to develop of skills of argumentation, understood in a wide sense of reasoning, justify and discuss, in several educational contexts of science education.

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