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Lectures / 09/12/2009 7:30 pm

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Truth and Rhetoric. Which counts more: the better argument or the better story?

In the social sciences and the humanities one frequently gets the impression that stylish formulations of research results matter more than the results themselves. Does this imply that we need to be persuaded to accept the truth? Or does it lead to the conclusion that a story well told is the best approximation to truth that science has to offer? Or is there an alternative to these two options, neither of which is satisfactory? Is it not the case that both rhetoric and story telling can each claim to bring their own specific potential to discourse?

A series of lectures organized by Institut für Soziologie/Abt. für Theoretische Soziologie und Sozialanalysen der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz in collaboration with Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture in the Kepler Salon.

Curated by B. Aulenbacher, U. Fuchs, S. Keller, M. Ziegler


  • Hans-Georg Gadamer, Lob der Theorie. Reden und Aufsätze, Frankfurt/ M. 1983.
  • Clifford Geertz, Die künstlichen Wilden. Der Anthropologe als Schriftsteller, Frankfurt/ M. 1993.
  • Clifford Geertz, Spurenlesen. Der Ethnologe und das Entgleiten der Fakten, München 1997.
  • Birgit Stolt, Martin Luthers Rhetorik des Herzens, Tübingen 2000.


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09/12/2009 7:30 pm
Lecturer: Meinrad Ziegler
Host: Alexander Wilhelm


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