Argumentation and Testimony

Sergio Novani


In the encyclical letter Fides et Ratio, Pope John Paul II, summarizes his thinking, his philosophical and theological reflections on the testimonial argumentation. I would like to start this research with some questions that I think will clearly emerge from this reading: 1) is the testimonial argumentation an epistemic argumentation? 2) and then, if so, what epistemic argument are we talking about? 3) and, again, is it reductionist as the "excellent” testimony of John Paul II implies, or is it non-reductionist? pIn this work we will try to give some answers to these questions, starting with a philosophical analysis of the testimonial argumentation and then trying to draw some philosophical-proceedings consequences.

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argumentation; testimony; reductionist; anti-reductionist

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