Fallacies and Free Speech

Selected Discourses in Early America

Authors: Rudanko, Juhani

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  • Illustrates methods of pragmatics and discourse analysis that can be used in the analysis of authentic historical texts
  • Presents a new formulation of the neglected fallacy of ad socordiam 
  • Argues on the basis of key debate on the Bill of Rights that the fallacy should be reinstated among standard fallacies
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This book offers a new perspective on selected discourses and texts bearing on the evolution of a distinctively American tradition of free speech. The author’s approach privileges fallacy theory, especially the fallacy of ad socordiam, in a key Congressional debate in 1789 and other forms of verbal manipulation in newspaper editorials during the War of 1812. He argues that in order to understand James Madison’s role in the evolution of a broad conception of freedom of speech, it is imperative to examine the nature of the verbal attacks targeted at him. These attacks are documented, analyzed with the concept of aggravated impoliteness, and used to demonstrate that it was Madison’s toleration of criticism, even in wartime, that provided a foundation for a broad conception of freedom of speech. This book will be of interest to both scholars and lay readers with an interest in the application of discourse analysis and historical pragmatics to political debates, argumentation theory and fallacy theory, and the evolution of the concept of freedom of speech in the early years of the United States.

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Juhani Rudanko is Professor Emeritus at Tampere University, Finland. He was Associate Professor of English at that university from 1979 to 2001 and then Professor from 2001 to 2016. His publications include books and articles on the system of English predicate complementation, including its evolution, and on early American political history.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fallacies and Free Speech
Book Subtitle
Selected Discourses in Early America
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-67877-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-67877-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-67876-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 134
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