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18:30 - 19:30 10 September 2014

The language of persuasion: keynote speech by Professor Ineke Sluiter


J Z Young Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

The organisers of "The Language of Persuasion: Linguistic Approaches to its Theory and Practice in the Classical World" conference are happy to announce that the keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University), a leading scholar of the ancient ideas of language and rhetoric, whose research also focuses on the connection between the classical studies and the modern world.

The title of the keynote speech is ‘Justice, expedience, and the rhetoric of conflict resolution’.

In both ancient and modern debates arguments derived from morality and from interest may be invoked. Professor Sluiter will demonstrate a particular rhetorical strategy that avoids or sidesteps the moral issue and claims an exclusive focus on expedience and self-interest, precisely in order to achieve a solution that is felt to be deeply moral by audience and speakers alike. Examples will include Thucydides and the modern debate about the financial crisis in Greece.


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