Browsing All posts tagged under »argumentation«

Conceptions of speech acts in the theory and practice of argumentation

April 20, 2014


Goodwin, Jean. (2014).  Conceptions of speech acts in the theory and practice of argumentation: A case study of a debate about advocating.  Studies in Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric, 36 (49), 79-98. Far from being of interest only to argumentation theorists, concep- tions of speech acts play an important role in practitioners’ self-reflection on their own activities. […]

Norms of advocacy

October 16, 2013


In  Virtues of Argumentation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 22-26 May 2013, edited by D. Mohammed & M. Lewiński. Windsor, ON: OSSA, 2013. This essay advances an account of the ordinary speech activity of advocating. The ethical principles developed within advocacy professions such as law […]

L’autorità di Wikipedia

July 4, 2013


Sistemi Intelligenti 25 (2013) 9-38; very kindly translated by Fabio Paglieri from the original. Philosophers of argumentation and of testimony suggest that we can rely on what someone says because of its epistemic merits. If so, then we should never credit Wikipedia, since we cannot assess what its anonymous contributors know. I propose instead that […]

Between Scientists & Citizens: Proceedings of a Conference at Iowa State University, June 1-2, 2012

July 26, 2012


41 papers at the intersection of expertise, civic controversies, and communication.

Lippmann, the indispensable opposition

July 14, 2012


Lippmann's thoroughgoing pessimism may lead us to a better understanding of the role of communication in public deliberations between scientists and citizens.

Good reasons for trusting climate science communication

July 14, 2012


Scientists can earn trust--but only by making themselves vulnerable.

Accounting for the appeal to the authority of experts

July 14, 2012


Experts have methods for earning the trust of lay audiences--but using their authority is costly. I explain how.


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