The Use of the Script Concept in Argumentation Theory Articles uri icon



publication date

  • November 2011

start page

  • 415

end page

  • 426


  • 4


  • 25

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0920-427X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1572-8374


  • In recent times, there have been different attempts to make an interesting use of the concept of script (as inherited from the fields of psychology and cognitive sciences) within argumentation theory. Although, in many cases, what we find under this label are computerized routines mainly used in e-learning collaborative proceses involving argumentation, either as an educational means or an educational goal, there are also other studies in which the concept of script plays a more theoretical role as the kind of commonly human cognitive structure that could account for the way in which argumentation might develop in ordinary language and ordinary settings. We aim at exploring these latter possibilities, differentiating between the global ascription of the script concept to argumentation practices as procedural and regulated actions from the somewhat more suggestive association between socially shared scripts (expected narratives, plausible sequences, customary experiences, etc.) and the way some enthymemes work from an interactive, rhetorical perspective. The concept of script could help us understand some more procedural than propositional aspects of the cognitive sets shared by arguer and audience and account for the communicative success of apparently defective argumentation.


  • argumentation theory; artificial intelligence; cognitive science; e-learning; enthymeme; legal argumentation; script