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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union Address, Exhorting, H.P. Grice, Sympathetic Hearing

Start Date

18-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

This essay explores ways arguers can afford potentially unsympathetic addressees good reason to empathetically entertain exhortative discourse. First, we illuminate the essential structure and underlying constitutive pragmatics of exhortation. Second, we show that the persuasive force of Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address derives from his use of exhortation. By doing so we add to recent scholarship that accounts for the persuasive force of civically significant speech acts.

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Inducing a Sympathetic (Empathic) Reception for Exhortation

University of Windsor

This essay explores ways arguers can afford potentially unsympathetic addressees good reason to empathetically entertain exhortative discourse. First, we illuminate the essential structure and underlying constitutive pragmatics of exhortation. Second, we show that the persuasive force of Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address derives from his use of exhortation. By doing so we add to recent scholarship that accounts for the persuasive force of civically significant speech acts.