Programme: “Arrogance and Polarisation in Debate” Conference (6-7 November, Cardiff University)

We are thrilled to announce the programme for “Arrogance and Polarisation in Debate”, a two-day international conference at Cardiff University.

Political opinions in many Western-style democracies show signs of increasing polarisation. This has coincided with a change of tone in debates. Seemingly arrogant behaviours like shouting, mocking, dismissing or rudely interrupting other people during discussions seem more frequent and widespread. This conference brings together philosophers, linguists and social psychologists to discuss arrogance, dogmatism and aggression in debate and to propose interventions to reduce their influence.

You can download the final programme booklet HERE (PDF), complete with abstracts, accommodation advice, and directions to the venue (last updated on 5 November 2017).

Attendance is free and by registration only. To register please email us at  by 30 October 2017. Those wishing to apply for PG bursaries should register by 15 October 2017.

Day One (6 November)

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30-11:15  Alessandra Tanesini (Philosophy, Cardiff): “Vicious Attitudes”

11:15-12:00 Jonathan Webber (Philosophy, Cardiff) “Is Function a Fundamental Feature of Attitudes?”

12:00-12:15 Coffee Break

12:15-13:00 Leaf Van Boven (Psychology and Neuroscience, Colorado): “Psychological Barriers to Bipartisan Support for Climate Policy in the United States”

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:45 Robin S. Dillon (Philosophy, Lehigh University): “Arrogance, Self-Respect, and Power: A Feminist Analysis.”

14:45-15:30 Andrew Aberdein (Philosophy, Florida Institute of Technology): “Arrogance and Deep Disagreement”

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:30 Igor Grossmann (Psychology, Waterloo): “The Socrates Effect: Teacher’s Mindset, Wisdom, and Reasoning in a Polarized World”

16:30-17:15 Emma Gordon (Philosophy, Edinburgh) and J. Adam Carter (Philosophy, Glasgow): “Is Searching the Internet Making Us Intellectually Arrogant?”

17:15 Drinks

18:30 Informal dinner (Wahaca, Cardiff centre)


Day Two (7 November)

9:00-09:30 Registration

9:30-10:15 Steven J Spencer (Psychology, Ohio State University): TBA

10:15-11:00 Ulrike Hahn (Psychology, Birkbeck): “Can we get rational argument back into public debate?”

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Catarina Dutilh-Novaes (Philosophy, Groningen): “Metaphors for argumentation”

12:00-12: 45 Ian James Kidd (Philosophy, Nottingham): “Appraising Metaphors for Argumentation”

12:45-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 Chris Heffer (Linguistics, Cardiff): “Dogmatism and Bullshit: A Discourse Analytic Perspective”

14:30-15:15 Lani Watson (Philosophy, Edinburgh): “Vices of Questioning in Public Discourse”

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-16:15 Greg Maio (Psychology, Bath): “Values and openness to change”

16:15-17:00 Constantine Sedikides (Psychology, Southampton):  “Does a Communal Life-Orientation Really Quiet the Ego? The Case of East-Asian Culture, Christian Religion, and Mind-Body Practices”

Conference Ends