Speaker Series 2024 February 2nd

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

Mr. Jeff Renaud, PhD candidate, Argumentation Studies

Arguing over Drinks: Manslaughter, Nightmares, and Chilled Goose

ABSTRACT: Managing disagreements requires ongoing sensitivity to “time” and “place.” For instance, deciding whether to challenge a speaker’s reasoning, to offer counterarguments, to capitulate to one’s interlocutor, or to remain silent will depend on various contextual features of the dispute—including the temporary, shifting roles that participants assume in a specific situation. In restaurants and bars, hosts often face the difficult task of responding hospitably to guests’ contentious claims, offensive remarks, and fallacious arguments. In the following presentation, I focus on one of the more controversial (and frightening) arguments that I encountered while standing “behind the wood”: an apologia for manslaughter. After evaluating this argument and discussing the implications of my response to this patron, I explore salient features of kairos (“right time and proper measure”) in order to illuminate the stakes of arguing with guests.


Friday, February 2, 2024

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 1163