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CLT seminar: Ellen Breitholz - A rhetorical approach to non-monotonic reasoning

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One challenge for dialogue modelling, as well as other aspects of artificial intelligence, is the fact that human reasoning is non-monotonic. Among other things this reflects the fact that we usually do not have access to all information regarding an issue or that we have access to information and principles of reasoning which are in fact incompatible.

We suggest that rather than default rules of logic, we use rhetorical rules of thumb – topoi – to underpin our non-logical arguments, which in rhetoric are referred to as enthymemes. Enthymemes and topoi are defeasible and a set of topoi accessed by one individual may be inconsistent. A rhetorical perspective highlights the importance of individual agents’ point of view and goals in interaction, and in order to account for dialogue participants’ individual takes on the interaction we model their information states during the course of a reasoning dialogue in Type Theory with Records.

Date: 2014-03-13 10:30 - 11:30

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8

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