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Environmental manifestoes

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Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the argumentative strategies deployed in the Ecomodernist Manifesto, published in 2015 by a group of leading environmental thinkers. We draw on pragma-dialectics and Perelman’s rhetoric to characterize manifesto as a genre of practical argumentation. Our goal is to explore the relation of manifesto as a discursive genre to the argumentative structures and techniques used in the Ecomodernist Manifesto. We therefore take into scrutiny the elements of practical argumentation employed in the manifesto and describe the polylogical strategies of dissociation in negotiating the ecological value of nature and the modernist value of progress.

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Keywords: argument schemes; argumentative genre; arguments from values; dissociation; ecomodernism; environmental rhetoric; environmental values; hierarchies of values; polylogue

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 14, 2019

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