Erik Bengtson – Slutseminarium

  • Datum: –18.00
  • Plats: Engelska parken - Eng7-0042
  • Arrangör: Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen
  • Kontaktperson: Mats Rosengren
  • Seminarium

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Erik Bengtson slutventilerar sitt avhandlingsmanus Doxa and Mythos: Groundwork for a rhetorical theory of argumentation. Opponent: Prof. Ingmar Meland. Avhandlingen läggs i sedvanlig ordning ut på institutionen men kan också fås via mejl.

Ordf.: Rosengren

In his thesis Erik Bengtson re-engages with the discrepancies that haunt the notion of rhetorical argumentation theory and search for a productive approach to argumentation related to rhetoric as an intellectual history as well as a contemporary field. The thesis consists in three chapters. 

Chapter 1 investigates the contemporary notion that rhetoric since its ancient instigation has been situated in an epistemological conflict between doxa and episteme. The chapter begins with the contemporary description of this epistemic tension in rhetorical handbooks and encyclopaedias, showing how these two terms are being used to formulate a basic opposition in the field of rhetorical studies. Thereafter the focus is moved to a reading of the use of the words doxa and epistēmē in historical texts of Plato, specifically Gorgias, Phaedrus, Theaetetus, Meno and Republic.

Chapter 2 explores different possible ways of re-inventing the term doxa for contemporary rhetorical studies, through an examination of the reinvention of the term doxa by Roland Barthes, Robert Hariman, Ruth Amossy and Mats Rosengren.

Chapter 3 revisits Plato’s Republic for clues on how one might understand argumentation rhetorically, presents seven principles for a rhetorical theory of argumentation, inspired by the results of chapter 2, and continues with a discussion of how Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms, can be utilised to formulate a rhetorical theory of argumentation.