Speaker Series 2023 April 21st

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

Daniel Mejía S., AS PhD Candidate

From an Extremist to Status Quo, Changing Consciousness on Climate Change

Abstract: Unlike in the recent past, today it is controversial to hold a denialist position on the scientific consensus that we humans are warming the Earth. How did this change come about and what role has argumentation played? In answering these points, in this paper we will argue that the pro-climate change position managed to become part of the status quo, displacing skepticism/denialism, to the degree that scientific reasons modified our cognitive environment. To this end, we will disagree with those who argue that a change of consciousness in relation to climate change has occurred and must occur through individual persuasion (McIntyre, 2021; Dryzek, 2022). Instead, we argue that rhetorical argumentation has succeeded in changing collective consciousness, and, in this sense, a rhetorical analysis can help us understand and reinforce the current status quo.


Friday, April 21, 2023

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 1163