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Language, reason and education

Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti

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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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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

1. Introduction

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.

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