Virtuous Adversariality: Virtues in Philosophical Practice
Tuesday 26th May 2015
Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham
Organised by Dr Ian James Kidd (Durham)
Philosophy is often perceived as an aggressive discipline, to the delight of some, and the despair of many others. This workshop explores the normative metaphilosophical claim that good philosophical practice can and should be understood in terms of ‘virtuous adversariality’ – a form of adversarial intellectual engagement regulated or managed by a set of virtues. Few would deny the importance of adversarial engagement with others, but that leaves open the question of which specific modes of social and intellectual interaction are appropriate to such engagement. Are there good ethical or epistemic reasons to prefer certain modes of conduct to others, or should we leave choices of their style of conduct to personal preference? Is being forceful and aggressive essential to good debate, or does it discourage the collaborative pursuit of truth? If philosophy is practiced in aggressive ways, is this a contingent anomaly (perhaps related to gendered prejudices) or an inherent feature of its practice that we ought to accept? Bringing together a variety of historical and philosophical traditions, the speakers at this event will explore the question of whether philosophy should be characterised by virtuous adversariality.
10 Tea and coffee and welcome
10.30 Catarina Dutilh-Novaes (Groeningen)
‘Virtuous Adversariality as a Model for Philosophical Inquiry'
Chair: Ian James Kidd
11.45 Tea and coffee
12.15 David E. Cooper (Durham)
‘On “Being Philosophical” About Rival Philosophies of Life’
2.30 Ian James Kidd (Durham)
‘Thinking Together: Aggressive Adversariality and Intellectual Humility’
3.45 Tea and coffee
4.15 Lani Watson (Edinburgh)
Registration is £10 (waged) and £5 (unwaged) and covers lunch and lots of tea and coffee – click here!
Any queries - about travel, accommodation, etc. - please contact Ian Kidd at email@example.com
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