Speaker Series Mar.4

Friday, March 4, 2022 - 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

Pierre Boulos
CRRAR Fellow

“Conversations, Empathy, and Vulnerability: Topics for Argumentation”

In her book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Sherry Turkle argues that texts, tweets, social media posts, emails, instant messages, and snapchats—simultaneous, rapid-fire “sips” of online communication—have replaced face-to-face conversation, and that the consequences are impactful. She argues that our dependence on devices or “apps” has a detrimental effect on face-to-face conversations, or as she says, “the most human thing we do.” When our attention is diverted or obfuscated, our capacity for meaning making and empathy are reduced. One area wherein we are in the process of meaning making is in inquiry and research.  The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans reminds us that research is a process that takes us into the unknown.  As such, given that the inquirer may find themself in an unexpected place, being vulnerable in “getting it wrong” is at the heart of inquiry.  In this paper (a work in progress) I will explore the role empathy and vulnerability have in a theory of learning.  By extension, my aim is to generate a discussion about these two concepts with respect to their roles in argumentation theory.

Friday, March 4, 2022


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