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Dimitry Zavialov imagePhD candidate

Thesis topic: Modes of Argument in International Politics

While rhetorical action in the field of international politics has been extensively studied, specific modes of argumentation such as whataboutisms and tu quoques that raise doubts about the opponent’s moral authority by underscoring their inability to act consistently with principles previously espoused are in need of further assessment. This research examines the role this particular mode of argumentation plays in international politics and the effects it has on interaction between actors in contemporary international relations.

Supervisors: Associate Professor James Headley, Professor Philip Nel