Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti
Edited By Giovanni Gobber and Andrea Rocci
Louis de Saussure: Extending presuppositions to discourse: a tribute to Eddo Rigotti
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Extending presuppositions to discourse: a tribute to Eddo Rigotti
LOUIS DE SAUSSURE, University of Neuchâtel
Argumentation, a keyword in Eddo Rigotti’s career, is – obviously – directly connected to three anthropological domains (at least): i) logic, rationality and cognition; ii) epistemic attitudes and belief change iii) language, discourse and human verbal interaction. Thus Eddo Rigotti is always interested in how people come to believe propositions brought forward by other people; he is always ready to go on investigating the question of which argument schemes speakers use when they discuss, share and try to enhance their comprehension of the world and of other people, the management of their audience, and eventually come to influence other people by means of sound and fallacious arguments, by means of propositions and connotations, of emotional attitudes etc.
In the trend of research Eddo Rigotti initiated with Andrea Rocci on the notion of congruity, the domain of argumentation was made directly linked to a theory of predicate semantic structure. This was reminiscent to me of what Ducrot thought of language: a way of confronting propositions argumentatively, with a notion of ‘polyphony’, but of course with an other point of view completely (Anscombre & Ducrot’s ‘argumentation’ theory has little to do with the notion of argumentation in the classical sense and is not grounded on anything truth-conditional). There is ← 279 | 280 → certainly no close relation between Ducrot’s polyphony and Congruity theory, except that they both...
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