Guest Speaker: Martin Camper

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Edith Stein Hall 120
Event Type
Lecture - Speaker
Elise Saad
English Department

In classical Greece, courtroom speechwriters developed a method for inventing arguments about legal documents to support their clients’ cases: the interpretive stases. The interpretive stases, which are the historical foundation of Western hermeneutics, classify the kinds of disagreements that can occur over textual meaning and identify the argumentative strategies that people can use to support their preferred interpretations.

In his talk, Prof. Martin Camper will present this long forgotten theory of interpretive disagreement as a much-needed general rhetorical method for analyzing and constructing arguments over textual meaning in virtually any discipline. To illustrate the wide applicability of the interpretive stases, this talk will analyze examples of historical, political, religious, literary, and legal debates over texts, and will also include remarks about how this tool can be employed in the classroom.

Open to Campus Community Only

Categories: English,Center for Interdisciplinary Studies,Center for Writing,Classics,Philosophy,Political Science,Religious Studies

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