Speaker's Series Jan. 4

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 15:00

Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by



Blake Scott

Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven


“The Rhetorical Self: Perelman, Ricoeur, and the Philosophy of Argument”


Abstract: If, according to Paul Ricoeur, the use of language always involves “somebody saying something to someone about something”, then the question with which Ricoeur is reported to have opened his seminars— “from where do you speak?”—implies a corollary question: “to whom do you speak?” By emphasizing the addressee or audience of language in this way Ricoeur’s question finds itself within what Chaïm Perelman calls the “realm of rhetoric”. Although references to Perelman’s works can be found throughout many of Ricoeur’s writings, little has been done to bring these two contemporaries into dialogue. Moving in this direction I will here show but one of the ways in which Ricoeur’s work is pertinent to argumentation studies. Specifically, I will trace several insights found in Ricoeur’s “hermeneutics of the self” that I argue develop Perelman’s notion of the person, which plays an essential normative role in his philosophy of argument.


Friday, January 4, 2019

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 1163


All are welcome