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Two positions are open at the Institute of Logic and Cognition at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China:

1. Full-time Researcher

The Institute of Logic and Cognition (http://logic.sysu.edu.cn/english/Index.asp) at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China (http://www.sysu.edu.cn/2012/en/index.htm) invites applications for 2 non-tenure-track, 3-year renewable appointments as full-time researcher in Argumentation Theory. The position includes mainly flexible research tasks in argumentation studies, with (preferably) a focus on studying argumentative practices from a social-cultural perspective. (more…)

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Informal Logic

Vol 35, No 3 (2015): Reasoning and Argumentation in Theory and Practice
Table of Contents


The Argument Form “Appeal to Galileo”: A Critical Appreciation of Doury’s
Maurice A Finocchiaro

The Basic Slippery Slope Argument (273-311)
Douglas Walton

Inference, Circularity, and Begging the Question (312-341)
Matthew William Mckeon

A Computational Model of Pragma-dialectics as a Tool for its Analysis and
Alejandro Secades

Analogical Argument Schemes and Complex Argument Structure (378-445)
Andre Juthe

Book Reviews

Argumentation & Health, Rubinelli & Snoeck Henkemans (Eds.) (446-449)
Jane McArthur

In Memoriam

Remembering Richard Paul (500)
Journal Editors

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Beyond Critical Thinking: A Symposium

Friday, 13 November 2015
York University

Over the past 50 years a great deal of work has been done in the young field of Argumentation Theory. Much of this work is highly relevant to traditional Critical Thinking and Critical Reasoning pedagogy. Nonetheless, it has been largely ignored by the many instructors of those courses who are not themselves working in Argumentation Theory. In this symposium each speaker will relate their work to uses in the classroom and discuss the impact it can have on students and their approach to argument. Following each speaker, all the invited speakers and several other qualified scholars will form a panel and answer questions and raise points of discussion.

There will be two speakers in the morning and two in the afternoon. The morning and afternoon sessions will followed by a panel consisting of all speakers and other qualified persons. The panel will be discussion-based and participant led.

Invited Speakers:

  • Catherine Hundleby, University of Windsor
  • Michael A. Gilbert, York University
  • Chris Tindale, University of Windsor
  • Harvey Siegel, University of Miami

The Symposium takes place on Friday, 13 November, 2015 at:

York University
4700 Keele St.
Department of Philosophy
Toronto, Canada M3J 1P3

Lunch will be provided to registrants.

To register, please click here: http://sgy.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=13165

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Special Issue of TOPOI: Reasoning, Argumentation, Critical Thinking Instruction

Submission Deadline: 30 OCTOBER 2015

Peer review stage: about 8 weeks; revised papers: January 2016; online-first: April 2016

Following the RACT2015 conference, held 25-27 FEB at Lund University, 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 http://ract2015.wordpress.com), whether from an empirical or a more conceptual perspective. Other than promoting rigor and quality of scholarship (as evidenced, for instance, by demonstrating, familiarity with the relevant literature), this special issue primarily seeks to inform readers who wish to reduce the distance between the research front and what is (falsely) presented to students as the state-of-the-art in critical thinking instruction. Therefore, papers should be of immediate relevance to those who teach or coordinate instruction in critical thinking as part of school or university education, either as dedicated courses or across the curriculum, or plan to do so. Of special relevance is the current trend to appropriate research on social, cognitive and other biases, as well as on two systems or two processes accounts of human reasoning.

Among those invited to submit to this special issue are the RACT keynote speakers: (more…)

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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/

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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 (more…)

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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:


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