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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

LATE NOTICE: Relationship between rhetoric and passions subject of lecture

Relationship between rhetoric and passions subject of lecture

Francis Bacon set the stage for a transformation in early modern conceptions of the relationship between imagination, the will, and the passions, says English professor Stephen Pender.

"Bacon both consolidated and inspired widespread European interest in pathologia oratoria, the pathology of eloquence, by mooring its work to the instruments of moving—volition, the affections, the imagination—rather than strictly to context, audience, or occasion," Dr. Pender says.

He will explore these ideas in a free public lecture entitled Francis Bacon, Rhetoric, and the Passions, Thursday, March 10, at 4 p.m. in room 225, Dillon Hall. This talk is presented by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR).

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