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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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A constitutive trait of Eddo Rigotti’s approach to communication (one of the traits which manifest its profound correspondence to the real human stature) is the accent set on desire and interest as central factors of the communicative dynamism (cf. Rigotti 2009: 85, 88; Rigotti and Cigada 2013: 18). Without desire and interest we, as human beings, do not move or act, we fall into ataraxia and we do not communicate. Communication is sharing a munus, a good, which is a gift that carries a task, a duty. Therefore, communication happens only when we acknowledge that a given object is a good that it is worth sharing with others (cf. Rigotti 2009: 92–93; Rigotti and Cigada 2013: 2–3). Such acknowledgment rises in relationship to a lived desire and interest, that the subject experiences and puts forward in her/his relationship to reality. Interest and desire rise in relationship to an object that enters the human horizon, the human perception and cognition, thus human beings are presented with this object. This object, thanks to the desire and the interest it stirs up, captures human attention, i.e. it exercises such an attractiveness that we, first, notice and perceive it and, second, direct ourselves to a relationship with it, in that we intensely apply our mind to it and put all our psychic activity into that object.1 The...

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