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Language, reason and education

Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti


Edited By Giovanni Gobber and Andrea Rocci

Language as reason represents the unifying theme of this multifaceted reflection on Eddo Rigotti’s scientific contribution offered by his students and colleagues on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Spanning argumentation theory, linguistics, psychology, semiotics and communication sciences, the volume reflects Rigotti’s generous personality and his trajectory of semiotician, philosopher, linguist and specialist in argumentation studies. Language as an instrument of communication with semiotic peculiarities is considered at different levels in which it manifests traces of reason at work. This means considering how reality reveals itself by means of language and how the semiotic character of language structures is used by people to enable joint actions and change the natural and social world. Particularly in focus is the realm of argumentation, that is of those joint actions where people exchange reasons in various communities, fora and markets in view of understanding and practical deliberation. To argumentation Eddo Rigotti devoted all his research efforts in recent years, with a keen sense of its intrinsic educational value and a sincere care for fostering the development of the argumentative mind.
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Frans H. van Eemeren: Analyzing contextualized argumentative discourse: strengthening the relationship between Rigotti’s aspirations and pragma-dialectics


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Analyzing contextualized argumentative discourse: strengthening the relationship between Rigotti’s aspirations and pragma-dialectics

FRANS H. VAN EEMEREN, University of Amsterdam

1. A joint interest in the contextual dimension of argumentation

Thanks to the initiative taken in Lugano at the beginning of the 21st Century by Professor Eddo Rigotti and Professor Sorin Stati to start a collaboration with me and my research team at the University of Amsterdam, I am in the fortunate position of having been working together with Rigotti and his team for more than a decade on projects relating to argumentation theory. This cooperation has not only been pleasant but also really fruitful. It has led to a great many academic exchanges, including joint conferences and institutionalized guest-lecturing. The way in which this intellectual association developed culminated in 2008 in the creation of Argupolis, a doctoral school for young argumentation researchers from a variety of universities subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Being a linguist, Rigotti has always had an interest in the contextual dimension of the use of language in human communication and interaction. After he started applying himself to stimulating the development of the study of communication at the University of Lugano, and concentrated his efforts in the first place on the examination of argumentative discourse, this concern with the linguistic micro-context was broadened to an interest in the more or less institutionalized macro-context of the specific communicative activity types in ← 103 | 104 → which argumentative...

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