“AGORA-net: Participate Deliberate!” is an interactive, collaborative, and web-based argument mapping tool that stimulates reasoning, reflection, critique, deliberation, and creativity in individual argument construction and in collaborative or adversarial settings. Prove your point in logically valid arguments and participate in debates.
(Esta traducción fue posible gracias al proyecto FFI 2010-20118 del Ministerio de Economía y Competividad español / This translation was partially supported by the FFI 2010-20118 research project of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It has been provided by Begoña Carrascal)
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Version 3.7 just released! (April 16, 2014)
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The Spirit of the AGORA-net
In a Greek city, the “agora” is an open place in the middle of town where citizens come together for all kinds of public purposes. The famous Agora of Athens was the place where Socrates engaged his compatriots in discussions that revealed how full of beliefs and opinions they were, but without any real knowledge.
Socrates was driven by the imperative γνωθι σαυτον (“know yourself!”), and the same spirit drives the AGORA-net. The AGORA-net is a place on the web where everybody can propose arguments for his or her positions, recommendations, or theses for the world to see or in protected spaces, and learn something about the structure of his or her own reasoning—and its inevitable limitations and weaknesses.
Our AGORA-net provides a space to interact with others, to engage the presentation and discussion of a diversity of perspectives, to develop and refine positions in social interaction or for oneself, and to clarify controversies by visualizing the best possible argumentation for each point of view. The AGORA-net is a virtual online world in which users can walk around, find interesting discussions in which they can participate, or create their own topics for debate or reflection.
The AGORA-net can be used for the following purposes:
Funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. Grant P116S100006