Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti
Edited By Giovanni Gobber and Andrea Rocci
Giovanni Gobber, Rudi Palmieri: Argumentation in institutional founding documents. The case of Switzerland’s Foedus Pactum
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Argumentation in institutional founding documents. The case of Switzerland’s Foedus Pactum
GIOVANNI GOBBER, Catholic University of Milan & RUDI PALMIERII, University of Lugano
Since 2004, when the project Argumentum was started, Eddo Rigotti has been strongly committed, in research as well as in teaching, with the study of argumentative discourse in context. Rather than lecturing a purely theoretical course in Argumentation Theory, he always preferred to examine with his students the actual argumentative practices occurring in different contexts, because – as he regularly loved to remind – “real argumentation does not exist but in context”. Indeed, professor Rigotti has always considered his Argumentation courses as the ideal terrain for applying and testing his theoretical reflection – and in particular his model of argumentative inferences, the Argumentum Model of Topics (Rigotti 2006, 2008, 2009; Rigotti and Greco Morasso 2010). Thus, in the last ten years of his long and intense academic path, he accepted the challenge to face a variety of contexts by teaching argumentation in the contexts of finance, media, Italian literature and public institutions. The latter course centers on the crucial functions fulfilled by argumentation in different moments of the life of an institution.
Argumentation intervenes both in the management of the ordinary activities of an organization and during special circumstances that raise important and critical issues, such as when a crisis creates the exigence of defending the reputation and image of the institution. As a matter of fact,...
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