Meta-argumentation modelling I: Methodology and techniques

Guido Boella, Dov M. Gabbay, Leendert van der Torre, Serena Villata

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In this paper, we introduce the methodology and techniques of meta-argumentation to model argumentation. The methodology of meta-argumentation instantiates Dung's abstract argumentation theory with an extended argumentation theory, and is thus based on a combination of the methodology of instantiating abstract arguments, and the methodology of extending Dung's basic argumentation frameworks with other relations among abstract arguments. The technique of meta-argumentation applies Dung's theory of abstract argumentation to itself, by instantiating Dung's abstract arguments with meta-arguments using a technique called flattening. We characterize the domain of instantiation using a representation technique based on soundness and completeness. Finally, we distinguish among various instantiations using the technique of specification languages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-355
Number of pages59
JournalStudia Logica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Abstract argumentation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Modelling
  • Reasoning


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