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  1. Holger Andreas & Frank Zenker (forthcoming). Basic Concepts of Structuralism. Erkenntnis:1-6.
    Primarily addressed to readers unfamiliar with the structuralist approach in philosophy of science, we introduce the basic concepts that the contributions to this special issue presuppose. By means of examples, we briefly review set-theoretic structures and predicates, the potential and actual models of an empirical theory, intended applications, as well as links and specializations that are applied, among others, in reconstructing the empirical claim associated with a theory element.
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  2. Holger Andreas & Frank Zenker (forthcoming). Perspectives on Structuralism. Erkenntnis:1-1.
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  3. Frank Zenker (forthcoming). Workshop on Bayesian Argumentation. The Reasoner.
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  4. Frank Zenker & Carlo Proietti (2014). Editors' Introduction: Social Dynamics and Collective Rationality. Synthese 191 (11):2353-2358.
    We provide a brief introduction to this special issue on social dynamics and collective rationality, and summarize the gist of the papers collected therein.
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  5. Peter Gärdenfors & Frank Zenker (2013). Theory Change as Dimensional Change: Conceptual Spaces Applied to the Dynamics of Empirical Theories. Synthese 190 (6):1039-1058.
    This paper offers a novel way of reconstructing conceptual change in empirical theories. Changes occur in terms of the structure of the dimensions—that is to say, the conceptual spaces—underlying the conceptual framework within which a given theory is formulated. Five types of changes are identified: (1) addition or deletion of special laws, (2) change in scale or metric, (3) change in the importance of dimensions, (4) change in the separability of dimensions, and (5) addition or deletion of dimensions. Given this (...)
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  6. Frank Zenker (ed.) (2013). Bayesian Argumentation – The Practical Side of Probability. Springer.
    Relevant to, and drawing from, a range of disciplines, the chapters in this collection show the diversity, and applicability, of research in Bayesian argumentation.
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  7. Frank Zenker (2013). What Do Normative Approaches to Argumentation Stand to Gain From Rhetorical Insights? Philosophy and Rhetoric 46 (4):415-436.
    Rhetorical analyses typically characterize structural, topical, and stylistic features of written or spoken argumentative text, and may also consider the context of interaction as well as the epistemic and social standing of participants as these relate to the goals of gaining, sustaining, and strengthening an audience’s adherence to a thesis or a course of action. Such considerations, broadly conceived, are taken to constitute rhetorical insights, insofar as they bear on effecting audience persuasion or, for that matter, fail to do so. (...)
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  8. Frank Zenker & Holger Andreas (2013). Perspectives on Structuralism, Munich, Germany, 16–18 February 2012. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 44 (1):227-234.
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  9. Frank Zenker & Peter Gärdenfors (2013). Modeling Diachronic Changes in Structuralism and in Conceptual Spaces. Erkenntnis:1-15.
    Our aim in this article is to show how the theory of conceptual spaces can be useful in describing diachronic changes to conceptual frameworks, and thus useful in understanding conceptual change in the empirical sciences. We also compare the conceptual space approach to Moulines’s typology of intertheoretical relations in the structuralist tradition. Unlike structuralist reconstructions, those based on conceptual spaces yield a natural way of modeling the changes of a conceptual framework, including noncumulative changes, by tracing the changes to the (...)
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  10. Frank Zenker (2012). Review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. [REVIEW] Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 27 (2):54-57.
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  11. Peter Gärdenfors & Frank Zenker (2011). Using Conceptual Spaces to Model the Dynamics of Empirical Theories. In Erik J. Olson Sebastian Enqvist (ed.), Belief Revision Meets Philosophy of Science. Springer. 137--153.
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  12. Frank Zenker (ed.) (2011). Argumentation: Cognition & Community. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), May 18--21, 2011. [REVIEW] OSSA.
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  13. Frank Zenker (2011). Experts and Bias: When is the Interest-Based Objection to Expert Argumentation Sound? [REVIEW] Argumentation 25 (3):355-370.
    I discuss under what conditions the objection that an expert’s argument is biased by her self-interest can be a meaningful and sound argumentative move. I suggest replacing the idea of bias qua self-interest by that of a conflict of interests, exploit the distinction between an expert context and a public context, and hold that the objection can be meaningful. Yet, the evaluation is overall negative, because the motivational role of self-interest for human behavior remains unclear. Moreover, if recent social-psychological results (...)
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  14. Frank Zenker (2011). Parmenides as Secret Hero. Gregor Betz's Theorie Dialektischer Strukturen (Theory of Dialectical Structures). Argumentation 25 (4):513-525.
    Parmenides as Secret Hero. Gregor Betz’s Theorie Dialektischer Strukturen (Theory of Dialectical Structures) Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-13 DOI 10.1007/s10503-011-9213-z Authors Frank Zenker, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Lund University, Kungshuset, Lundagård, 222 22 Lund, Sweden Journal Argumentation Online ISSN 1572-8374 Print ISSN 0920-427X.
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  15. Frank Zenker (2010). Analyzing Social Policy Argumentation: A Case Study on the Opinion of the German National Ethics Council on an Amendment of the Stem Cell Law. Informal Logic 30 (1):62-91.
    This paper analyzes and evaluates the 2007 majority opinion of the German National Ethics Council which seeks to establish new information (as to the inferior quality of legally procurable human embryonic stem cells) as a sufficient reason for a relaxation of the 2002 Stem Cell Law. A micro-level analysis of the opinion’s central section is conducted and evaluated vis à vis the strongest known opponent position in the national debate at that time. The argumentation is claimed to rely on an (...)
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  16. Frank Zenker (2009). Eemeren & Garssen's Controversy and Confrontation: Relating Controversy Analysis with Argumentation Theory. Informal Logic 29 (4):449-479.
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  17. Frank Zenker (2009). Review of FH van Eemeren & B. Garssen (Eds)(2008). Controversy and Confrontation. Amsterdam: John Benjamis. [REVIEW] Informal Logic 29 (4):447-475.
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  18. Frank Zenker (2006). Lakatos's Challenge? Auxiliary Hypotheses and Non-Monotonous Inference. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 37 (2):405 - 415.
    Gerhard Schurz [2001, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 32, 65-107] has proposed to reconstruct auxiliary hypothesis addition, e.g., postulation of Neptune to immunize Newtonian mechanics, with concepts from non-monotonous inference to avoid the retention of false predictions that are among the consequence-set of the deductive model. However, the non-monotonous reconstruction retains the observational premise that is indeed rejected in the deductive model. Hence, his proposal fails to do justice to Lakatos' core-belt model, therefore fails to meet what Schurz coined (...)
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  19. Frank Zenker (2006). Monotonicity and Reasoning with Exceptions. Argumentation 20 (2):227-236.
    A proposal by Ferguson [2003, Argumentation 17, 335–346] for a fully monotonic argument form allowing for the expression of defeasible generalizations is critically examined and rejected as a general solution. It is argued that (i) his proposal reaches less than the default-logician’s solution allows, e.g., the monotonously derived conclusion is one-sided and itself not defeasible. (ii) when applied to a suitable example, his proposal derives the wrong conclusion. Unsuccessful remedies are discussed.
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