Emotive Language in Argumentation

2014.07.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Douglas Walton, a prolific and influential writer on logical fallacies and related subjects, has co-written this book
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2014.07.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Douglas Walton, a prolific and influential writer on logical fallacies and related subjects, has co-written this book with communication researcher Fabrizio Macagno. Walton's earlier, The Place of Emotion in Argument (Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 1992) dealt with traditional logical fallacies -- such as the appeals to pity and fear -- in which emotions play an obvious role, but emotional language was only touched on in passing. The emphasis of the current book is the reverse of the previous one, that is, it concerns the emotional aspects of words and definitions, seldom mentioning the fallacies of appeal to emotion. Macagno and Walton discuss two main ways that emotive language can enter into argumentation: 1.     "Loaded" language (chapters 1 and 2): This refers to... Read More

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