By Ian Parker, John Shotter

ISBN-10: 0415010748

ISBN-13: 9780415010740

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Rachman 1978) One of the more important purposes [of this volume] is to train the reader to be a skeptical and discerning consumer of past, current and future literature on mental health and homosexuality. To this end, a number of otherwise seriously flawed studies may be put to use as illustrations of poor technique or methodological problems. (Gonsiorek 1982) The accusation of ‘pseudoscience’ thus affords the scientist the opportunity to restate and reinforce the norms of scientific methodology, so flagrantly breached by the pseudoscientists.

The modern approach to rhetoric stresses the enthymemic aspects of rhetoric, rather than seeing rhetoric as a means of providing elegant adornment to essentially non-rhetorical [51] discourse. Consequently, reasoned discourse is held to be rhetorical. Perelman and OlbrechtsTyteca (1971), who have done much to lay the basis for ‘the new rhetoric’, have stressed the key role of justification and criticism in rhetorical communication. In persuasive communication, speakers and writers attempt to present their discourse as reasonable by giving justifications for their position and by countering objections with criticisms.

They are not to be viewed primarily as personal schemata for organising information around a stimulus topic, nor as expressions of individual affect As Lalljee et al (1984) suggest, attitudes are communicative acts. Yet they are communicative with a rhetorical, or argumentative dimension, for they are rhetorical stances taken in matters of public controversy (Billig 1988a and 1988b; Billig et al 1988). As such, justifications and criticisms are very much intrinsic to attitudes. When one expresses an attitude in favour of a particular position, one is expected not only to justify that position enthymemically, but one is also criticising the counter-attitude.

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