Speaker's Series Apr. 12

Friday, April 12, 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


Michael Yong-Set

CRRAR Student Fellow



“Can you be funny to be reasonable? An invitation to laugh 'n' learn”


ABSTRACT: The guiding question of this presentation is deceptively simple: "Can you be funny to be reasonable?" More precisely, how might one use humour and comedy to helpfully and responsibly advance an argument?  


While attempting to discern a satisfying answer to this question, my inquiry brought me far and wide on a journey through a diverse set of perspectives, resources and disciplines. What initially appeared to be a simple question required answers to a complex set of interwoven subquestions. To a roughly Wittgensteinian framework of language, I added resource fragments from argumentation theory, a theory of allusion, and the 'Benign Violation' theory of humour.


In this presentation, I share some of the intriguing thoughts and refinements that occurred to me as I 'churned the possibilities of the otherwise' to find an answer to my guiding question. While exploring the intersection between argument and comedy, we will discern an insight into Pinto's 'invitation to inference' and a new twist on Hample's 'third sense of argument.'


Friday, April 12, 2019

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 1163

All are welcome