The problem of premissary relevance

Sara Rubinelli*, Renske Wierda, Nanon Labrie, Daniel O'Keefe

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper focuses on the issue of premissary relevance as a challenge faced in health promotion interventions. To promote attitude change and influence health behavior, it is crucial that we use premises that are relevant on an individual level. Relevance in argumentation refers both to the fact that the premises should relate to the standpoint at issue, as well as the interlocutors' acceptance of these premises. We claim that autonomous argumentation systems hold the promise to enable proper argumentative exchanges that capture and address what matters to individuals. To do so, however, there is a need to consider and operationalize theories of argumentation that enable a reconstruction of the different stages of argumentation. The theory of argumentation known as pragma-dialectics can offer a promising basis for the architecture of autonomous health promotion advisors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence and Health Communication - Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781577354932
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2011Mar 23 2011

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report


Other2011 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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