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Situated practices of testimony. A rhetorical approach

Olmos, Paula (2008) Situated practices of testimony. A rhetorical approach. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 23 (1). pp. 57-68. ISSN 2171-679X

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Contrary to most current epistemologists who concentrate on core cases of rather ‘spontaneous’ (deliberately de-contextualized) trust and belief in the face of assertions, Classical rhetoricians addressed the study of ‘testimony’ as an (at least) two-acts phenomenon: that of the ‘disclosure’ of information and that of the ‘appeal’ to its authority in subsequent discursive practices. Moreover, they primarily focused on this second phase as they assumed that it was such argumentative setting that finally gave ‘testimonial’ relevance to the first act. According to this ‘rhetorical’ model, then, it is the dynamics (by means of an in medias res approach) and pragmatics (by means of a deliberate attention to specifically ‘situated’ practices) of such complex process that is the core issue regarding ‘testimony’.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: argumentation, argument from authority, epistemology, pragmatics, rhetoric, testimony
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 00:35
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2014 00:35
Item ID: 10405
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Date: January 2008
Page Range: pp. 57-68
Volume: 23
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X

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