Welcome to ARGUPOLIS
Argupolis is a doctoral program constituted by a research and teaching endeavor focused on the study of argumentation practices in different social contexts.
People develop argumentation in numerous purposeful activities: to make sound and well-thought decisions, to critically found their opinions, to persuade other people of the validity of their own proposals and to evaluate others’ proposals. These activities are bound to the contexts in which they take place and are significantly determined by these contexts; thus argumentation too, as the bearing structure of these activities, moulds its strategies in connection with these very different contexts: from family to social and political institutions, from financial markets to media, schools, factories and courts.
The name Argupolis* etymologically recalls the image of a town constituted by a network of interrelated argumentative contexts.
* The term Argupolis was originally introduced by Nathalie Muller-Mirza (universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne) within the e-learning project Argumentum. The picture above, representing Argupolis, was originally included in the Argumentum model elaborated at the University of Neuchâtel.