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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

assurance accounts, Barbara Jordan, ethos, Paul Grice, probative obligations, seriously say-ing and meaning something, special presumptions.

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

In argumentation, as elsewhere, speakers strategically engage favourable presumptions by manifestly making themselves accountable for their communicative efforts. Such strategies provide the addressee with reasons to regard the speaker as accountable in specific ways and, via that regard for the speaker, with situation-specific rationales for responding positively to what the speaker says. This paper identifies some resources available to arguers for strengthening, elaborating, and focusing such special presumptions. The paper offers an analysis of Barbara Jordan’s “Statement on the Articles of Impeachment” as illustrative of these resources for strengthening a speaker’s ethos.

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Strategies for strengthening presumptions and generating ethos by manifestly ensuring accountability

University of Windsor

In argumentation, as elsewhere, speakers strategically engage favourable presumptions by manifestly making themselves accountable for their communicative efforts. Such strategies provide the addressee with reasons to regard the speaker as accountable in specific ways and, via that regard for the speaker, with situation-specific rationales for responding positively to what the speaker says. This paper identifies some resources available to arguers for strengthening, elaborating, and focusing such special presumptions. The paper offers an analysis of Barbara Jordan’s “Statement on the Articles of Impeachment” as illustrative of these resources for strengthening a speaker’s ethos.