Sunday, December 30, 2007

"The Promise of Reason: Perelman's THE NEW RHETORIC after 50 Years," University of Oregon, May 17-20, 2008.

Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca published La Nouvelle Rhétorique: Traité de l’Argumentation in 1958, a work that has since come to represent the revival of rhetoric and its reintegration with philosophy in the twentieth century. The influence of this work is felt in rhetoric, philosophy, jurisprudence, communication studies, critical theory, and the newer disciplines of argumentation and informal reasoning. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the appearance of this work, plans are underway to host an international conference on The New Rhetoric. Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to submit proposals for papers and panels. Submissions are welcome dealing with any aspect of Perelman’s work and influence, or argumentation, informal reasoning, or modern rhetoric in general. Interdisciplinary work in rhetoric and/or argumentation theory is welcome. Of specific interest are proposals dealing with the following:
  • legal argument and justice
  • rhetoric and human rights
  • ethical rhetoric and communications
  • argumentation as a substitute for violence
  • international diplomacy and conflict resolution
  • rationality and reasonableness in international relations
  • negotiated assent in public debate
  • opposition and cooperation is conflict situations
  • argumentation across cultures
  • persuasion and leadership

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