Argumentation in Scientific Writing

Course 2024-05

Date: 07. + 08.02.2024

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: SFG 1010

Trainer: Kai Hüwelmeyer

Course description
Scientists have to be able to present their arguments in a precise and convincing way. However, when writing their papers, many scientists rely on intuition rather than on concrete methods. This course provides participants with all the techniques they need to know in order to state their arguments precisely, correctly and convincingly. The course starts with the basic concepts of reasoning and logic: validity and soundness of arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning, common types of logical inferences. From these basics, we derive useful techniques for argumentation in scientific texts. Throughout the course participants get the chance to apply the acquired skills directly to their own work, to get feedback on already existing manuscripts and to produce new texts on their research topics.

• basic concepts of logic
• deductive vs. inductive arguments
• basic argument-patterns
• tips for stating arguments in texts
• revising participants’ manuscripts
• reconstructing arguments from the text

The participants...
• state their arguments in a precise and logically coherent way
• quickly identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments
• write accessible texts

The course is interactive throughout. It includes extensive exercises that aim at the application of the acquired skills to the participants’ work. Participants can bring existing manuscripts to the course and get the chance to edit them with the help of feedback from other participants and the trainer.

• Extensive script including recommended further reading
• Exercise sheets


To book your place in this workshop (course number 2024-05), please fill out this registration form.

Accessibility: If you have special needs, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to support you accordingly.


Trainer: Kai Hüwelmeyer

Kai Hüwelmeyer studied physics and philosophy in Tübingen, Manchester and Frankfurt. He completed his degree in philosophy with a thesis on the objectivity and truth of moral statements. Since 2017 he has been looking at how moral opinions can be justified in the face of disagreement, as part of his PhD thesis. The project is funded by the Foundation Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt. Kai Hüwelmeyer has several years of academic teaching experience in physics and mathematics as well as in philosophy and logic. In addition, he frequently gives workshops on human rights activism.

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