Descartar un punto de vista a través de una acusación de inconsistencia


  • Dina Mohamed Institute of Communication and Health, University of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland [email protected] Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rethoric, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


This paper examines the argumentative move in which a discussant responds to a standpoint by accusing the protagonist of that standpoint of being inconsistent in an attempt to exclude the standpoint from the discussion. In analyzing this move a connection is made between the pragmatic characteristics of the move and its dialectical function. Dialectically, the move counts as an expression of critical doubt aimed at eliminating an initial disagreement. Pragmatically, the response is an instance of doubt that is expressed indirectly by means of the speech act of accusation of inconsistency. The characterisation is intended to show how the accusation attempts to bring about the retraction of the standpoint doubted as one particular perlocutionary effect of the speech act, namely repairing the alleged inconsistency by retracting one of the mutually inconsistent commitments