Ethics and Interdisciplinarity
Controversy is a ubiquitous phenomenon in human theoretical and practical life. It manifests itself in various forms, ranging from virulent polemics to polite and well-ordered discussion. It expresses dissent, and may either lead to irreconcilable conflict or pave the way to conflict resolution. It occurs in private and everyday social life, in the courtroom and in politics, as well as in science, the arts, philosophy, and theology. Wherever it occurs, controversy sharpens critical thinking and prevents mental and social stagnation. Rather than a peripheral phenomenon, controversy is the engine of intellectual and practical progress.
The proper study of controversy is inevitably interdisciplinary, requiring the cooperation of practitioners of the art of controversy as well as of researchers in conflict resolution, mediation, diplomacy, communication, linguistics, logic, rhetoric, history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, etc. The book series is predicated upon the belief that interdisciplinary research is a must in the investigation of complex phenomena such as controversy, and that it is feasible, even though it is not easy to achieve.
Controversies includes studies in the theory of controversy or any of its salient aspects, studies of the history of controversy forms and their evolution, case-studies of particular historical or current controversies in any field or period, edited collections of documents of a given controversy or a family of related controversies, and other controversy-focused books. The series also acts as a forum for ‘agenda-setting’ debates, where prominent discussants of current controversial issues take part. Since controversy involves necessarily dialogue, manuscripts focusing exclusively on one position will not be considered.
Edited by Jens Allwood, Olga Pombo, Clara Renna and Giovanni Scarafile
2020. vi, 279 pp.
Edited by Adriano Fabris and Giovanni Scarafile
2019. xiv, 305 pp.
Gerd Fritz, Thomas Gloning and Juliane Glüer
2018. vii, 346 pp.
Edited by Pierluigi Barrotta and Giovanni Scarafile
2018. viii, 198 pp.
2017. xviii, 225 pp.
Edited by Marcelo Dascal † and Victor D. Boantza
2011. vi, 287 pp.
Edited by Oscar Nudler
2011. vi, 187 pp.
2011. xii, 239 pp.
Yaron M. Senderowicz
2010. xi, 235 pp.
Edited by Marcelo Dascal †
2010. xvi, 359 pp.
Edited by Frans H. van Eemeren and Bart Garssen
2008. xiii, 278 pp.
Douglas N. Walton
2007. xviii, 308 pp.
Edited by Marcelo Dascal † and Han-liang Chang
2007. xvi, 310 pp.
2005. x, 156 pp.
Edited by Frans H. van Eemeren and Peter Houtlosser
2005. viii, 368 pp.
Edited by Pierluigi Barrotta and Marcelo Dascal †
2005. x, 411 pp.
The series welcomes manuscripts of any kind and disciplinary provenience devoted specifically to the study of controversy. These may be studies in the theory of controversy or any of its salient aspects, studies of the history of controversy forms and their evolution, case-studies of particular historical or current controversies in any field or period, edited collections of documents of a given controversy or a family of related controversies, edited proceedings of symposia where proponents of opposed views actually defend their views against each other’s objections, etc. The series will also act as a forum for "agenda-setting" debates, where prominent discussants of current controversial issues will take part. Since controversy involves necessarily dialogue, manuscripts focusing exclusively on one position will not be considered. Book proposals, preferably structured along the lines indicated in our Guidelines for Book Proposals, can be sent to the series editor, Giovanni Scarafile (giovanni.scarafileunisalento.it).