Speaker's Series Oct. 25

Friday, October 25, 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


Dr. Christopher Tindale

Director of CRRAR, Argumentation Studies Faculty


“Deep Diversity and Deep Disagreement”

Abstract: In focusing on questions of radical difference, I take up Stanley Fish's challenge to the old "seeing is believing" commonplace, where he argues that the reverse is the case: what we believe influences what (and how) we see, which in turn impacts what counts as knowledge, and how we understand ourselves in relation to this. Fish's challenge has similarities with Fogelin's position on deep disagreements.

In my response, I consider ways in which we can see disagreements as points of departure rather than impenetrable cul-de-sacs. To this end, several connected ideas suggested by Canadian theorist Charles Taylor are relevant, like his notion of deep diversity, and his accounts of what it means to live a life. The differences that characterize disagreements between communities are comparable to those that exist between members of a community with the diversity of values that characterizes individual lives. The ways differences and diversities are successfully managed can serve as lessons extended to the deeper differences acknowledged by Fish and Fogelin. But this path must track through the terrain of argumentation and requires the recognition of an expanded sense of what count as reasons.

Friday, October 25, 2019


Chrysler Hall North, 1163

All are welcome