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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

expert, argument from authority, testimony, communication, critical thinking, pedagogy

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

In academic contexts the appeal to authority is a quite common but seldom tested argument, either because we accept the authority without questioning it, or because we look for alternative experts or reasons to support a different point of view. But, by putting ourselves side by side an already accepted authority, we often rhetorically manoeuvre to displace the burden of the proof to avoid the fear to present our opinions and to allow face saving.

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Authority arguments in academic contexts in social studies and humanities

University of Windsor

In academic contexts the appeal to authority is a quite common but seldom tested argument, either because we accept the authority without questioning it, or because we look for alternative experts or reasons to support a different point of view. But, by putting ourselves side by side an already accepted authority, we often rhetorically manoeuvre to displace the burden of the proof to avoid the fear to present our opinions and to allow face saving.