Heuristics in Argumentation: A Game-Theoretical Investigation

EUI Working Paper LAW No. 2008/31

18 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008

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Henry Prakken

University of Utrecht

Regis Riveret

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Antonino Rotolo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: December 17, 2008

Abstract

This paper provides a game-theoretical investigation on how to determine optimal strategies in dialogue games for argumentation. To make our ideas as widely applicable as possible, we adopt an abstract dialectical setting and model dialogues as extensive games with perfect information where optimal strategies are determined by preferences over outcomes of the disputes. In turn, preferences are specified in terms of expected utility combining the probability of success of arguments with the costs and benefits associated to arguments.

Keywords: game theory, law, argumentation

Suggested Citation

Prakken, Henry and Riveret, Regis and Rotolo, Antonino and Sartor, Giovanni, Heuristics in Argumentation: A Game-Theoretical Investigation (December 17, 2008). EUI Working Paper LAW No. 2008/31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1317349 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1317349

Henry Prakken (Contact Author)

University of Utrecht ( email )

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Netherlands

Regis Riveret

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Antonino Rotolo

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department ( email )

Via Bolognese 156 (Villa Salviati)
50-139 Firenze
ITALY

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