Rom Harré talking @WarwickBSchool on Positioning Theory (CC @SocioWarwick)

I’m rather frustrating that I can’t make this:

We are pleased to announce a visiting lecture by Professor Rom Harré (Distinguished Research Professor in the Psychology Department of Georgetown University and former director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural & Social Science at LSE) that may be of interest to members of your group & PhD students.  Full details and registration instructions are attached.

Professor Harré will be giving a lecture on  Positioning Theory


Positioning theory is a recently developed branch of the philosophical arm of social psychology. It is based on the thesis that much of social life is influenced, even controlled, by actors’ beliefs about the patterns of rights and duties that obtain in many real life situations. A position is a cluster of rights and duties, either as understood by the actor or by those around. These may be on a large scale with a formal edge and then position becomes role. On a small scale they are often the result of conversational processes by means of which rights and duties are assigned, rejected, disputed, and claimed and so on. As a simple rule a duty is what one owes (or believes one owes or is forced to acknowledge one owes) to someone else and a right is what one might claim from someone else. The scale may even be intrapersonal and may be as broad as political movements.

Positioning Theory

Friday, 28th November 2014

14:00 – 16:00hrs (2 – 4pm)

Venue: B0.01 (WBS Scarman Road Building)

Please book your attendance at the lecture in advance via the WBS Research Office (email as this lecture is likely to be over-subscribed.

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