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Relaciones. Estudios de historia y sociedad

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GUTIERREZ CHAM, Gerardo. Fallacious Argumentation in Two Religious Newspapers in Jalisco. 19th Century. Relac. Estud. hist. soc. [online]. 2010, vol.31, n.124, pp.227-246. ISSN 2448-7554.

This study is part of a research project on argumentative strategies in religious discourse in a context of confrontation and debate. The corpus studied consists of texts from 1874 that appeared in two newspapers in Jalisco which published religious propaganda: one Catholic: La Religión y la Sociedad, ("Religion and Society"), the other Christian Reform: La Lanza de San Baltasar ("St. Balthazar's Lance"). Interest centers on the contrasting perspectives of a polarized confrontation that shows the pragmatic-discursive functioning of fallacious arguments that served as special speech acts designed to "attack" or "defend". The theoretical basis is the pragma-dialectic model of argumentative fallacies (Grooten-dorst 2003; Anscombre and Ducrot 1988; Hamblin 1970) that shows how the ideological defense of religious practices and beliefs could be strengthened from the "peripheries" of rationality through the predominance of fallacious arguments; such that the topics under discussion passed to a second plane of importance.

Keywords : discourse; press; religious; argumentation; fallacies.

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