Speaker's Series Jan 10

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 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


“Rethinking the Rhetorical Turn”


Abstract: Taking the ongoing debate between Barbara Cassin and Alain Badiou as my point of departure, in the first part of the talk I examine the conceptual stakes of what has been called the “rhetorical turn” in 20th century philosophy. What is at issue in this debate are not only different ways of reading the history of philosophy, but more specifically competing paradigms of the meaning of logos. In the second part of the talk I use the stakes of this debate to discuss a related conceptual issue in argumentation theory, namely, Wenzel’s famous triad of logical, dialectical, and rhetorical perspectives on argument. In doing so I challenge a widespread misconception about rhetoric with reference to recent commentators on Wenzel’s seminal paper.


Friday, January 10, 2020


Chrysler Hall North, 1163


All are welcome