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  • Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Visiting Speakers Series

Department of Philosophy with CRRAR
Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric
University of Windsor

Fred Kauffeld
Professor Emeritus, Edgewood College

Rescuing Exhortation on the Back of Adam Smith’s
Account of Sympathetic Responses

Abstract: We commonly suppose that our inheritance from the “Enlightenment” comes to us in two distinguishable primary streams:  a  rationalist  flow corresponding to our conception of the eighteenth century as the age of reason and a, second, sentimentalist current, conjoining reason with reflectively cultivated feelings shared by individuals via the faculty of sympathy. It seems that in our time the rationalist flow predominates, somewhat obscuring sentiment’s critically important contribution.

This talk is not primarily designed to trace the historical development of these orientations, but to promote a sentimentalist perspective as a source for enriching both dialectical and rhetorical studies. I will focus on exhortation, i.e. discourse designed to strengthen commitment to some conflicted, but idealistically, motivated option. I will discuss the cultural significance and pragmatics of exhortation, with special attention to the importance of securing a sentimental (in Adam Smith’s sense of this term) response to successful exhortation. Lincoln’s “Coopers Union Address” (the lecture which initiated his 1860 run for the Presidency) will serve as a case study to illustrate my account.

Monday, February 13, 2017
4:00 – 5:20 pm
Memorial Hall, Room 105

All are welcome.

Carolin Lekic
(519)253-3000 ext.2319