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Philosopher to engage with angry arguments

Moira HowesCritical engagement is integral to argumentation, but where there is critique, anger sometimes follows, says Moira Howes, philosophy professor at Trent University.

Because angry reactions and responses can derail arguments and injure others, anger has long been regarded with skepticism, she says. However, anger can also help arguers identify injustices.

Dr. Howes will discuss how to distinguish between instances of anger that subvert the ethical and epistemic goals of argumentation and those that promote them in a free public lecture, entitled “Angry Arguments and the Matter of Emotional and Epistemic Uptake,” on the UWindsor campus Thursday, Sept. 26.

Presented by the Department of Philosophy, the event will begin at 4 p.m. in Katzman Lounge, Vanier Hall.