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
“Diversity, Conflict Resolution, and (Dis)agreement”
This paper explores whether reaching an agreement between interlocutors is necessarily a product of good arguing methodology. When we are open to diverse modes of arguing, and different cultural norms of arguing, it becomes challenging to assume that a particular argumentation theory will be adequate. In addressing disagreements between interlocutors, particular conflict styles, for example, may/may not be conducive to successful persuasion amongst arguers – regardless of an accepted argumentation theory. Mediators are trained to be neutral facilitators with a range of diverse strategies for resolving disagreements; however, parties in conflict can derail a mediator’s trajectory in helping all involved i) understand different positions and ii) develop possible, mutual, resolutions regarding the agreed upon understandings. This paper discusses different attitudes toward conflict and how they intersect with the resolution of disagreements. An openminded, flexible, approach to the nature of argumentation is assumed. However, even so, disagreements may remain as such - largely due to conflict styles. Conflict styles that may fall outside the parameters of yielding appropriate argumentation maneuvers are explored and suggestions for the argumentation community to consider when faced with disagreements that suffer from attitudes towards situations of conflict, rather than arguing style, are put forward.
Friday, February 26, 2021
This talk is part of our Alumni Month!
Weekly presentations conducted via Zoom. All those interested in attending should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.