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Rhetoric, Discourse and Knowledge

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Maria Załęska and Urszula Okulska

The authors of this volume explore rhetorical and discursive strategies used to negotiate and establish legitimate knowledge and its disciplinary boundaries, to make scientific knowledge interesting outside academic settings as well, and to manage (c)overt knowledge in different social and political contexts. The volume focuses on the cultural concept of knowledge society, examining diverse linguistic means of knowledge transmission from the perspective of the complex interplay between knowledge and persuasion. The contributors discuss both sociological and philosophical issues, as well as textual processes in different genres that aim to communicate knowledge.

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Inception: How the unsaid may become public knowledge (Christian Kock)

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Christian Kock

University of Copenhagen

Inception: How the unsaid may become public knowledge

Abstract: Applying the combined rhetorical and pragmatic framework, the author analyzes three types of mechanisms that allow political speakers to suggest some apparently shared ‘public knowledge.’ The study shows that presupposition is a convenient pragmatic and rhetorical device for manipulating the alleged ‘public knowledge’ used by politicians to make citizens accept their seemingly justified decisions.

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