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01-05-2015 | Issue 2/2015

Argumentation 2/2015

Should Visual Arguments be Propositional in Order to be Arguments?

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Argumentation > Issue 2/2015
Author:
Georges Roque

Abstract

An important issue for visual argumentation is its relationship to propositions, since it has been argued that, in order to be arguments, images should be propositional. The first part of the paper will approach this debate from a theoretical perspective. After quickly surveying the field on the issue, I will address the relationship between images and propositions. Three specific questions will be examined: (a) can propositions accurately account for the way images express arguments?; (b) are verbal propositions necessary to reconstruct arguments that images alone cannot convey, due to their lacking linguistic tools?; (c) are images essentially non-propositional because they don’t have truth-value? The second part of the paper will include a detailed analysis of two posters. From these analyses, I will ultimately conclude that some images can display a visual argument without necessarily being propositional.

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