Scientific Argumentation

Scientific Argumentation21.07.2021 09:00 - 14:00 (Wed)onlineHüwelmeyer , Kai
Scientific Argumentation22.07.2021 09:00 - 14:00 (Thu)onlineHüwelmeyer , Kai


For doctoral candidates of all disciplines.


Scientists have to give arguments all the time - in their publications as well as in conferences and lab meetings. Nevertheless, the bases for strong and correct arguments are not always fully clear to them. Logic provides extremely helpful tools for scientists to deveolp their arguments in a coherent well-structured and convincing way. The seminar gives an introduction to the most important consepts of logic: premises and conclusions of arguments, validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, common types of inferences and fallacies. The idea of the workshop is to use the concepts as a toolbox which provides very useful techniques for everyday scientific work.


The participants learn how to reconstruct arguments from scientific texts, how to give well-structured and logically valid arguments, and how to avoid misunderstandings. There are two main sets of exercises: one for written argumentation and one for oral argumentation.

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Kai Hüwelmeyer