Boston College Graduate Conference 2011

Posted: 14 de November de 2011 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event

Boston College
The 13th Annual Philosophy Graduate Conference

March 2012

Philosophy and Rhetoric:

Keynote Speaker:
John Lysaker
Department of Philosophy, Emory University
Colin Heydt
Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida
Marina McCoy
Department of Philosophy, Boston College

Traditionally, philosophy as the art of rational argumentation has
been distinguished from rhetoric as the art of persuasion. However,
the analytic grounds for this distinction are not immediately evident
and the borders between them are often porous. As a mode of address
philosophy makes its appeal to rational intelligence more narrowly
conceived, while rhetoric makes its appeal to a more expansive human
intelligence, which encompasses dimensions of affectivity and
historicity. Yet, when philosophical or rhetorical argumentation
succeed this seems to require and appeal to both reason and

And so the uneasy relationship between philosophy and rhetoric
continues to be reconceived throughout the history of philosophy.
Recent debates in the philosophy of language, for example, have
questioned the structures and stability of language and the role that
it plays as the ground of both sound argumentation and the art of
persuasion. Much work in moral and political philosophy has examined
the roles of rational, affective, and historical reasoning in the
formation of our basic moral and political beliefs.  The relationship
between philosophy and rhetoric seems to hold further implications for
fields as diverse as political philosophy, informal logic, philosophy
of language, ethics, meta-philosophy, literary theory, and

This conference invites thoughtful papers examining the nature of this
relationship in any of its conceptions throughout the history of
philosophy as well as in contemporary analytic and continental
discourses. Papers are to be prepared for blind review, and should not
exceed 4000 words. Applicants may forward their submissions to

The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2012.


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