The Logic & Perception of Persuasion in Stoicism


Aldo Dinucci (Federal University of Sergipe) []

Kelli Rudolph (University of Kent - Canterbury) []

In a world where communication among distant strangers is growing, and concerns over the authenticity of news are ever present, persuasion is more important than ever. What makes an argument persuasive? What are the mental conditions necessary for people to identify something as persuasive? Like us, the Stoics were occupied by these questions. For the Stoics, the persuasive (pithanos) is essentially linked to the representation (phantasia) of an object, grasped by reason, that grounds true thinking. To elucidate the nature of this link we will address two fundamental questions: 1. What makes logical propositions and arguments persuasive? 2. What are the mental factors that allow people to perceive something as persuasive?


In order to put the main theme in discussion, we invite established and junior scholar researchers of Classics to submit proposals of communications on Stoic logic, epistemology, physics and ethics and on related issues concerning other Hellenistic philosophies.

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