April 6-25, the School of Foreign Languages, JSU and the ILIAS successfully held the first “High-end International High-end Lecture Series on Pragma-dialectics”.The lectures were jointly given by Prof. Frans van Eemeren, president of the ILIAS and Dr. Bart Garssen, Dutch secretary-general of the ILIAS. Wu Peng, Chinese secretary-general of the ILIAS and director of the JUCAS and Ms. Yan Linqiong co-chaired the lectures and related academic discussions, attended by more than 40 faculties and students from Jiangsu University as well as Zhejiang University, Sun Yat-sen University, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and others.
The 9 high-end lectures and on-site coaching combined to form an organic whole, themed at “Capita Selecta from Argumentation Theory” and “Fallacies and Judgements of Reasonableness”.In his six lectures, i.e. “The relationship between modern and classical argumentation theory”, “The State of the art in argumentation theory”, “The systematic development of the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation”, “Relevant developments in current argumenation theory”, “Context-independency and context-dependency in argumentation discourse”, and “The teaching of argumentation theory to promote critical thinking”, Professor van Eemeren expounded in simple words the development of argumentation, the systematic development of pragma-dialectics, and the relationship between pragma-dialectical theory and the teaching of critical thinking. In his three lectures respectively titled “Pragma-dialectical Conception of Fallacies”, “Empirical Research on Fallacies”, and “Fallacies as Violations of Rules for Critical Discussion”, Dr. Garssen presented a systematic explanation of the fallacy studies in pragma-dialectical theory. After each lecture, Professor van Eemeren and Dr. Garssen would go out of their way to answer the questions raised by the audience. Both faculties and students learned a lot from the lectures of Professor van Eemeren and Dr. Garssen, who had a keen insight into the argumentation theory, especially into the pragma-dialectical theory and great enthusiasm for their academic studies.
“The High-end International High-end Lecture Series on Pragma-dialectics” is ranked among the key academic projects of the ILIAS at the School of Foreign Languages, JSU. The objective is to make scholars concerned better understand the latest development of argumentation theory and pragma-dialectics so as to promote and publicize the argumentation theory and pragma-dialectics both at home and abroad. This is an annual project that will be undertaken by the Chinese and the Dutch party in turn.
Prof. Frans van Eemeren, who fathered the pragma-dialectics, is the founder of the Amsterdam School, an emeritus professor of the University of Amsterdam, a PhD supervisor, president of the ISSA, the Dutch dean of the ILIAS, a guest professor of Jiangsu University, and the founding editor of Argumentation and Journal of Argumentation in Context, two SSCI and A&HCI periodicals. Dr. Bart Garssen is an assistant professor of the University of Amsterdam, a PhD supervisor, a kernel member and important contributor of the pragma-dialectical theory, the Dutch secretary-general of the ILIAS, and a co-editor of Argumentation and Journal of Argumentation in Context.(School of Foreign Languages)