Browsing All posts tagged under »conceptual work«

Manifestly adequate premises

July 13, 2012

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What practical means do arguers who have little motivation to cooperate with each other nevertheless manage to force each other to make some propositions the unchallenged starting points or premises of arguments?

Designing issues

July 13, 2012

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"Issue" is a central regulatory concept within argumentative practice; the issues are what we argue about. In this paper, I develop a theory of issues, and in particular, the practical means arguers have for forcing others to attend to their issues.

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.

Three faces of the future

July 13, 2012

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The long future lacks appeal, so rhetors in practice give it a face.

Good argumentation without resolution

July 13, 2012

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A case study of the debate over US entry into the first Gulf War shows that there can be good argumentation that does not aim at resolution.

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.

Deliberation and character

July 13, 2012

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I sketch the contours of the rhetorical appeal to dignity, which calls on citizens to live up to who they are.