What is argumentation?

Argumentation is the use of language in multiple ways to produce knowledge.

Argumentation differs from quarrelling. Quarreling is any negatively charged activity.

Argumentation requires negotiated principles and identification of fallacies (un-negotiated strategies) to generate knowledge.

Examples of argumentation principles, known as informal logic, are:

  • Focusing on data and evidence.
  • Basing claims on facts.
  • Balancing emotion with reasoned speech.

Different cultures and communities across the globe have unique argumentation traditions. In Africa, for example, dance, visual art and poetry were used since the beginning of humankind to produce and contest knowledge.