Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University

Stasis & Kairos

Stasis is a method of asking questions to make sure that both parties (those in disagreement) are referring to the same issue. This is usually accomplished by asking questions of the issue at hand. Once it is determined that there is agreement, the agreement can proceed.

Stasis also acts as place for two parties to agree. This is extremely helpful when both parties think there is nothing on which both parties can agree.

Consider the four questions included in stasis theory:

1.      What are the facts? (what is the conjecture?)

2.     How is the issue defined?

3.     How serious is the issue?

4.    What is the best plan of action?