Speaker's Series Sept. 20

Friday, September 20, 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


Catherine Hundleby

CRRAR Fellow, Argumentation Studies Faculty


“Arguing over Dinner”

Abstract: Arguing over dinner includes discussion that occurs during shared meals and about what to eat. These forms of arguing may overlap as people discuss food when they eat and as people anticipate dinner discussion when they organize a meal. Sharing food offers both promise and threat as a context for arguing. It is an intimate practice, and in many traditions a sign of peace and more generally of community and goodwill, but a shared meal also commits people to inhabiting a restricted space, often in physical opposition to each other, when otherwise they may have little contact. Such sudden intimacy heightens face goals, in Michael Gilbert’s terms, but many other goals for argument can be in play. I suggest that understanding these goals, using Douglas Walton’s theory of dialogue types, can help arguers to make the best of argument during dinner, in particular because it reveals how the purposes of argument can require a background negotiation dialogue, deciding the purposes for the conversation.


Friday, September 20, 2019

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 1163

All are welcome