The essays that are collected in Controversy and Confrontation provide a closer insight into the relationship between controversy and confrontation that deepens our understanding of the functioning of argumentative discourse in managing differences of opinion. Their authors stem from two backgrounds. First, the controversy scholars Dascal, Marras, Euli, Regner, Ferreira, and Lessl discuss historical controversies in science, both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective; Saim concentrates on a historical controversy; Fritz provides a historical perspective on controversies by analyzing communication principles. Second the argumentation scholars Johnson, van Laar, van Eemeren, Garssen and Meuffels address theoretical or empirical aspects of argumentative confrontation; Aakhus and Vasilyeva examine argumentative discourse from the perspective of conversation analysis; Jackson analyzes argumentative confrontation in a recent debate between scientists and politicians. Last but not least, two contributors, Kutrovatz and Zemplen, make an attempt to bridge the study of historical controversy and the study of argumentation.
1. Preface; 2. List of contributors; 3. Controversy and confrontation in argumentative discourse (by Eemeren, Frans H. van); 4. Dichotomies and types of debate (by Dascal, Marcelo); 5. Charles Darwin versus George Mivart: The role of polemics in science (by Regner, Anna Carolina); 6. Scientific demarcation and metascience: The national academy of sciences on greenhouse warming and evolution (by Lessl, Thomas); 7. Reforming the Jews, rejecting marginalization: The 1799 German debate on Jewish emancipation in its controversy context (by Saim, Mirela); 8. Communication principles for controversies: A historical perspective (by Fritz, Gerd); 9. On the role of pragmatics, rhetoric and dialectic in scientific controversies (by Ferreira, Ademar); 10. A "dialectic ladder" of refutation and dissuasion (by Marras, Cristina); 11. Responding to objections (by Johnson, Ralph H.); 12. Pragmatic inconsistency and credibility (by Laar, Jan Albert van); 13. Reasonableness in confrontation: Empirical evidence concerning the assessment of ad hominem fallacies (by Eemeren, Frans H. van); 14. Managing disagreement in multiparty deliberation (by Aakhus, Mark); 15. Predicaments of politicization in the debate over abstinence-only sex education (by Jackson, Sally); 16. Rhetoric of science, pragma-dialectics, and science studies (by Kutrovatz, Gabor); 17. Scientific controversies and the pragma-dialectical model: Analysing a case study from the 1670s, the published part of the Newton-Lucas correspondence (by Zemplen, Gabor); 18. Index