The WPA began as an informal alumni society for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. Shortly after the inception of the WPA it became a loose knit association of alumni from the department of philosophy, philosophers located in Windsor, and generally friends of philosophy within the region. This more general association was intended to be an open group that supports the development of a critical community of the philosophically minded within the region. The WPA supported both student and independent scholarship and encourages philosophers to bring their research beyond the bounds of the university and into the public sphere.
In May of 2013, the WPA transformed again into the WP(A)A, a registered Non-Profit Corporation and Charitable Organization in Ontario. The notion behind this latest transformation is to establish a non-profit artist organization (akin to Artcite, Windsor) dedicated to supporting independent philosophical scholarship and philosophers intervention events within the greater Windsor region.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Social context of identity subject of lecture Thursday December 16th

Social context of identity subject of lecture

The Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) presents philosophy professor Christopher Tindale delivering a free public lecture entitled Agency and Reasons, at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 16, in the seminar room of Parker House, 105 Sunset Avenue.

He promises to explore the relevance of particular theories of personhood, identity and agency to the concerns of social argumentation.

"I am interested in how persuasion finds us active in the world," says Dr. Tindale. "Specifically, persuasion is more than an activity we engage in as persuaders and persuaded; it is also a formative influence on the nature of the persons or agents who interact. It is part of the web of influences that affects the construction of persons in social contexts and the various identities involved."

This paper is a chapter from Tindale's sabbatical project, titled Anticipating Others: Building a Theory of Audience.

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