Browsing All posts tagged under »authority«

Maslin v. Morano

July 14, 2012

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In a close textual analysis of a short debate, I show how an outstanding scientist is unable to simultaneously exert his authority and to advocate effectively--especially when up against an outstanding advocate on the other side.

The authority of Wikipedia

July 14, 2012

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We don't trust Wikipedia because we're confident that the collective of editors know stuff. We trust Wikipedia because the Wikipedians love it.

When science goes public: From technical arguments to appeals to authority

July 14, 2012

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Even under favorable conditions, evidence-based technical arguments become transformed into appeals to expert authority when they enter the public sphere.

Cicero’s authority

July 13, 2012

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I give an account of the force of the appeal to authority, based on the sophisticated rhetorical practice of ancient Rome's greatest orator, Cicero.

Forms of authority and the real ad verecundiam

July 13, 2012

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This paper provides a typology of appeals to authority, identifying three distinct types.