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Virtuous Adversariality: Virtues in Philosophical Practice

 

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham 

Organised by Dr Ian James Kidd (Durham)

 

            Description

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.

 

 Program       

 

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’

Chair: TBC

 

1.30                 Lunch

                        Fellow’s Lounge

 

2.30                 Ian James Kidd (Durham)

‘Thinking Together: Aggressive Adversariality and Intellectual Humility’

Chair: TBC

 

3.45                 Tea and coffee

 

4.15                 Lani Watson (Edinburgh)

‘Virtuous Questioning’

Chair: TBC

 

5.30                 Close

 

Registration

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 i.j.kidd@durham.ac.uk

 

Email: i.j.kidd@durham.ac.uk

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