The strategic use of argumentation from example in re-evaluating a people
The case of Al Aswany’s pro-democratization columns
With the help of the extended pragma-dialectical theory, this paper aims to analyze how Al Aswany, an Egyptian political columnist who argued in favor of the feasibility of democratization before the Arab Spring, maneuvered strategically by argumentation from example in two of his columns in supporting the standpoint that the Egyptian people had become no longer politically inactive. The analysis is conducted in view of the institutional preconditions of political columns and the specific rhetorical exigency a columnist may face in this specific argumentative situation.
Keywords: argumentation from example, resort to hierarchically arranged examples, representativeness, strategic maneuvering, sufficiency
Published online: 25 September 2019
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