A procedural approach to ethical critique in CDA

Fairclough, Norman and Fairclough, Isabela orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-6718-2636 (2018) A procedural approach to ethical critique in CDA. Critical Discourse Studies, 15 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1740-5904

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We argue for a procedural approach to ethical critique in CDA based upon the ‘argumentative turn’ in CDA advocated in our recent publications. This is not a matter of abandoning substantive critique, or abandoning the long-standing commitment of our version of CDA to critique of domination and of ideology, but of integrating them into a deliberative procedure for critical questioning, from an impartial and unbiased standpoint. The advantage of this position is that it enables us to accentuate ethical criticism and critique in CDA, rather than advocacy and partisanship. The task of critical discourse analysts is to subject argumentation, including their own argumentation, to systematic critical questioning in the spirit of open debate, with no ideological parti-pris.

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