Feminists criticize the extent to which logic and other models for argumentation eliminate important contextual elements and force specific interpretations as if they were neutral, says philosophy professor Catherine Hundleby.
She will explore the subject in a free public lecture entitled "Feminism and Argumentation" on Thursday, September 8, at 3 p.m. in the seminar room of Parker House, 105 Sunset Avenue.
"Treating argumentation as an adversarial practice of opposing other people or at least other opinions is common, especially influential in the discipline of philosophy," Dr. Hundleby says. "And through philosophy it affects broadly accepted standards for reasoning and reinforces patriarchal discourse."
This talk is presented by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR).