Argumentor konferencia 2016

Rethinking the role of emotions 
7-8 October 2016, Oradea | Nagyvárad, Romania

A negyedik nemzetközi Argumentor konferencia felhívása:

Keynote speakers:
Gábor Boros, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
Tihamér Margitay, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Conference sections:
– Argumentation and Critical Discourse
Chair: Olay Csaba, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
– Rationality and Vision
Chair: Julianna Borbély, Partium Christian University, Oradea
– Reason(ability) and Rhetoric
Chair: László Attila Hubbes, Sapientia University, Miercurea Ciuc
– Sense and Sensibility
Chair: Rozália Klára Bakó, Sapientia University, Miercurea Ciuc
– Theory of Rationality
Chairs: Brigitta Balogh, Partium Christian University, Oradea and
István Bujalos, University of Debrecen

Online abstract submission (required) by 1 March 2016:
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Papers sent by 1 June 2016 will be published in the Argumentor conference proceedings by 5 October 2016. Publishers: Partium Press Oradea and Debrecen University Press. See previous proceedings here.

Presenters who paid their registration fee by the latest 1 September 2016 will appear in the conference schedule and book of abstracts.

Partium Christian University / Romania
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania / Romania
University of Debrecen / Hungary


Drawing on Mary Douglas’ concepts of ‘purity’ and ‘dirt’ as cultural metaphors (1966), we propose a trans-disciplinary approach to the relationship between rationality and emotions. Cultural theory, philosophy, visual studies and sociology may have a say in repositioning the role of emotions in contemporary scholarly dialogue.

Spaces and places where rational and emotional discourses emerge are worth a fine-tuned analysis. As Sarah Curtis (2010) has noted, the mind/body/environment complex is central to contemporary debates on well-being. Paraphrasing her notion of ‘virtuous landscapes’ (p. 35), we could define virtuous mindscapes as cultural spaces where rational and emotional discourses emerge in a healthy manner – as opposed to the patterns of an ‘obsessive mind’ (Rachman, 2013, p. 7).

Evidence shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor decisions. This suggests that the function of reasoning should be rethought (Mercier and Sperber, 2011).

Curtis, Sarah (2010). Space, Place and Mental Health. Furnham and Burlington: Ashgate
Douglas, Mary (1984[1966]). Purity and Danger. New York and London: Routledge
Mercier, Hugo and Dan Sperber (2011). Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 34, Nr. 2, pp. 57-74.
Rachman, Stanley (2013). Cleaning damned spots from the obsessive mind. Nature, Vol. 503, November 7.

Gizela Horváth, Partium Christian University Oradea
Rozália Klára Bakó, Sapientia University Miercurea Ciuc
István Bujalos, University of Debrecen

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