Soledade Amaro Rodrigues

Associated member, ArgLab, IFILNOVA, FCSH-UNL


Academic Degrees                                                            

PhD candidate in Communication Sciences: Argumentation Studies, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

MA in Contemporary Culture Studies, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

BA in Language and Literature: Portuguese Studies, Universidade Aberta, Lisboa


Research Interests

Argumentation, Rhetoric, Environmental Studies


Current research projects

The Rhetoric of Utopia

The project focuses on the process of environmental values transmission through the analysis of the rhetorical strategies of individuals, groups and organizations communication in diverse discursive sources in the public sphere, such as political discourses and fictional and non-fictional narratives. The study aims a better understanding of the values transmission to the practical reasoning, which can be extremely relevant, given the global ecological threats.

The multidisciplinary theoretical foundations of the research lie in the rhetorical criticism tradition, in the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation and in the argumentation schemes theory. Concerning data selection, the environmental ethics as well as the theoretical developments in cultural studies, namely the ecocriticism and the utopianism also provide research tools.

The goal is threefold: 1) to describe how values enter as premises in the argumentation, identifying the contradictions and conflicts of hierarchies of values underlying the arguments of those involved in the environmental debates; 2) to critically analyze how these arguments are organized into structures or argumentative schemes that can or cannot allow reasonable appeals to change attitudes and promote actions, i.e. how their organization can affect the effectiveness of practical reasoning, with regard to environmental issues; and 3) to inquire if and how these argumentation schemes can form clusters in order to persuade, thus being part of consistent rhetorical strategies.

Keywords: Environmental values; Environmental Rhetoric; Argumentation Schemes; Hierarchies of values; Arguments from values; Utopian Thought.



All Events

Assimakis Tseronis, 16 October 2017, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Multimodal Argumentation: Building Bridges between Argumentation…

October 16, 2017

Andrés Soria Ruiz, 13th October 2017, 11h

Talk by Andrés Soria Ruiz, Institut Nicod | Fr. 13.10.2017…

October 13, 2017

Andy Clark, 13th October 2017, 16:15.

Andy Clark on Expecting the World: Prediction, Action, and the…

October 13, 2017

Workshop on Legal evidence and argumentation

The workshop aims at exploring the notion of expert-based evidence…

October 11, 2017

RIP Seminar with Rob Clowes, 4th October 2017 at 16h.

Mind & Cognition RIP Seminar on Material Agency and Strong…

October 04, 2017

Marcin Lewiński, 2 October 2017, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Disagreeing, misunderstanding and strawmanning"

October 02, 2017

Sérgio Mascarenhas, Trumping Truth, 16:00 Sala 606 Torre B

Value Seminar Talk by Sérgio Mascarenhas (CEDIS-FDUNL) on "Trumping Truth"

September 29, 2017

Anna Ciaunica, The Touched Self, 16:30 - 18:00

Mind & Cognition Seminar: The Touched Self: Proximal Intersubjectivity and…

September 19, 2017

Values in Argumentation – Values of Argumentation, 28-29 June 2017

International conference

June 28, 2017

Dima Mohammed, 30 May 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "The multiple issues in a public…

May 30, 2017

Marianne Doury, 16 May 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium} "The argumentative reference to the rule of…

May 16, 2017

David H. Zarefsky, Monday 8 May 2017, 12h


May 08, 2017

Henrike Jansen, 2 May 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Strategic manoeuvring in the judge’s argumentation…

May 02, 2017

Andrea Ruggeri, 18/20 April 2017, 10h

1st IFILNOVA Conference on Political and Moral Philosophy

April 18, 2017

Argumentation and energy policies: Theoretical considerations, empirical results

ArgLab International Workshop

March 30, 2017

Robert Clowes, 21 March 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium

March 21, 2017

Larry S. Temkin, 7 March 2017, 10h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Rethinking the Good—A Small Taste"

March 07, 2017


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