CFP: 2015 AILACT Essay Prize

Essay Prize in Informal Logic/Critical Thinking/Argumentation Theory

The Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT) invites submissions for the 2015 AILACT Essay Prize. This will be the 11th year in which the prize has been offered.

AILACT Essay Prize

  • Value: $500 U.S.
  • The prize-winning paper, and any “honourable mention” paper, will be eligible for consideration for publication in Informal Logic if it has not already been published or accepted or committed for publication elsewhere and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and if the author consents to its consideration for publication in Informal Logic. The editors of Informal Logic will arrange for blind review of the paper if these conditions are met. The author will be expected to revise the paper in light of the reviewers’ suggestions, or to justify not doing so.


  • Papers related to the teaching or theory of informal logic or critical thinking, and papers on
    argumentation theory, will be considered for the prize.
  • There are no restrictions on authorship. Authors need not be members of AILACT.
  • Previously unpublished papers, and papers published or accepted for publication between January 1, 2012 and September 1, 2015 are eligible. Maximum length: 6,000 words.
  • Entries will be assessed on the basis of their argument, scholarship, style, and importance to the field.
  • The jury members for the 2015 AILACT essay prize, approved by the AILACT Board of Directors, are Lilian Bermejo Luque, Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Universidad de Granada; Alec Fisher, Department of Philosophy, University of East Anglia; Geoffrey Goddu, Professor of Philosophy, University of Richmond. The decision of the jury is final.
  • To submit a paper, attach a PDF (preferred) or MS Word or RTF document to an email with AILACT ESSAY ENTRY on the “subject” line and send it to Derek Allen (derekallen@trinity.utoronto.ca) with a covering note giving your name and a mailing address. Please send the paper ready for blind-reviewing (the author not identified on the paper or file containing the paper or in the description of the document’s properties that is part of the file, and self-identifying references removed from the text, notes and references).
  • There is a limit of one entry per author.

Deadline: September 1, 2015

The winner will be announced by December 15, 2015. AILACT will publicize the name of the winner on its web site and at AILACT sessions held at APA divisional meetings in 2015 and 2016. For further information about the essay prize, please contact Ben Hamby (bhamby@coastal.edu). For information about AILACT, visit our web site: https://ailact.wordpress.com/

NOVA LINCS Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Principles and Techniques for Dynamic Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
Knowledge-Based Systems research group

The NOVA Laboratory of Computer Science and Informatics is a Portuguese leading research unit hosted at Departamento de Informatica – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (see http://nova-lincs.di.fct.unl.pt). NOVA LINCS was awarded the highest research rating by the last (2013) FCT/MEC evaluation exercise (Excellent), among all national units focused exclusively in Computer Science and Informatics. We are currently pursuing an ambitious research program at the highest international level on principles and engineering for global software systems as a collaboration of our four groups Computer Systems, Knowledge-based Systems, Multimodal Systems and Software Systems. In the context of the 2015-20 strategic project NOVA LINCS seeks to appoint 1 post-doctoral research associate to become part of the Knowledge-Based Systems research group.

Admission Requirements: To apply for this position, the candidate is required Continue Reading »


There is a new call for papers and a new location for CMNA, the 15th workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument (CMNA 15).

The organizers are accepting submissions of long and short papers, demonstrations and short 2page abstracts for a workshop to be held in conjunction with PRIMA 2015 (Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems) in Bertinoro, Italy, on October 25th 2015.

Key dates are as follows:

Paper submission (long or short): 20 August 2015
Short abstract submission: 1st September 2015
Notification to authors: 7 September 2015
Early registration deadline: around mid September
CMNA 15: 25 October 2015

Details are here:


First Call for Papers

“Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation”

Special Issue of the journal, Informal Logic (ISSN: 0824-2577)

“Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation” will explore the current state of the art in the study legal argumentation which is characterized by the applicability of a great variety of concepts, distinctions, frameworks and methods. Our aim is to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas from different research perspectives, including AI and Law, argumentation theory, and legal theory.

This volume is the 2nd special issue published under auspices of the ArgDiaP organisation (www.argdiap.pl). The first one, published as an issue of the Argumentation journal (www.argdiap.pl/argumentation), was dedicated to the research of the Polish School of Argumentation. That special issue also included the School’s Manifesto (www.argdiap.pl/manifesto) co-authored by 55 researchers from 20 institutions all across Poland.

The special issue will continue exciting discussions which took place at the 1st MET-ARG workshop (Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation www.argdiap.pl/metarg2014) organised in Kraków in 2014 in conjunction with JURIX 2014 (27th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems www.conference.jurix.nl/2014/) and CMNA 2014 (14th Workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument www.cmna.info/CMNA14/).

The topics include, but are not limited to: Continue Reading »

Official call (in Spanish): http://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2015-6508

A pre-doctoral research assistant is desired for a 4-year project on the uses of presumption in argumentative discourse. The selected candidate will join a research project having as its target the following questions:

  1. What’s the relationship between presumptions and presumptive inferences? Does the making of a presumption involves the making of a presumptive inference?
  2. Is it possible to provide a speech-act account of presumptions?
  3. How should we deal with the semantics of an epistemic modal such as “presumably”?
  4. What’s the difference between presumptions and other linguistic and argumentative phenomena such as presuppositions and assumptions?
  5. What are the argumentative conditions and consequences of making a presumption? What are the possible roles of presumptions in argumentative discourse?
  6. What are the correctness conditions for presumptions and for presumptive inferences?

For further information contact Lilian Bermejo-Luque: lilianbl@ugr.es

WILL – Workshops in Informal Logic and Linguistics

23rd April 2016
University of Łódź, Poland

Call for Participants:

The Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź invites you to participate in the first session of WILL: An Argumentation Forum, to be held at the Faculty of Philology in Łódź.

The aim of this meeting is to discuss the theory and practice of argument and reasoning from a linguistics perspective. Topics will depend on the interests of the participants, but are likely to include:

  • The Language of Argumentation
  • Argumentation and Experiment in Linguistics
  • The Nature of Evidence
  • Informal Logic Fallacies
  • Materials for Teaching Argumentation
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion

Rather than presentations followed by a few minutes for discussion, this meeting will feature workshops of about one hour, concentrating on providing a forum for discussion and co-operation.

For more information please visit the Workshops website: http://filologia.uni.lodz.pl/WILL/

2nd Call for Papers: Topoi–Reasoning, Argumentation, and Critical Thinking Instruction

Submission Deadline: 30 OCTOBER 2015

Topic: Reasoning, Argumentation, Critical Thinking Instruction (RACT)

Journal: TOPOI (http://www.springer.com/philosophy/journal/11245)

Peer review stage: about 8 weeks

Submission of revised papers: January 2016

Online-first publication expected: April 2016

Following the RACT2015 conference, held 25-27 FEB at Lund University (see: http://ract2015.wordpress.com), we invite submissions of papers for publication in a special issue of TOPOI (http://www.springer.com/philosophy/journal/11245). Papers must be in the order of 6000 to 8000 words (including references), and must address one or more of the conference themes listed at the above website. Whether being addressed from an empirical or a more conceptual perspective, other than rigor and quality of scholarship (as evidenced, for instance, by demonstrating, familiarity with the relevant literature), this special issue primarily seeks to inform those who wish to reduce the distance between the research front and what is (falsely) presented to students as the state-of-the-art critical thinking instruction. Therefore, papers should in one way or another be of immediate relevance to those who already do, or plan to, teach or implement instruction in critical thinking as part of school or university education, either as dedicated courses or across the curriculum. Of special relevance is the current trend to appropriate research on social, cognitive and other biases, as well as two systems or two processes accounts of human reasoning.

Among those invited to submit to this special issue are the RACT keynote speakers: Continue Reading »


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