ERIC Number: ED192411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Essentially Contested Concepts Revisited.
Houser, William Evan
The roles that essentially contested concepts play in persuasive discourse are examined in this paper. The first section of the paper reviews W. B. Gallie's original explication of the nature of essentially contested concepts and the body of theoretical literature that has developed in response to it. It then notes three major areas of disagreement that have arisen within the theoretical literature: (1) whether the definition of an essentially contested concept can be resolved, (2) whether an exemplar must exist in order for a concept to be essentially contested, and (3) whether essentially contested concepts are rooted in rhetorical argument. The second section of the paper analyzes and responds to these three areas of theoretical conflict. It then uses the responses as a foundation for the creation of a consistent and coherent perspective on both the nature of essentially contested concepts and on the roles that they may play in persuasive discourse. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Ocean City, MD, March 24-26, 1980).