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WILL – Workshops in Informal Logic and Linguistics

23rd April 2016
University of Łódź, Poland
http://filologia.uni.lodz.pl/WILL/

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/

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Informal Logic vol. 31 no. 4

Informal Logic vol. 31 no. 4

Informal Logic vol. 34, no. 4 is up at the journal’s homepage.

Contents

Looking forward to reading that first one, myself! Interesting issue overall, though–do check it out!

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Aristotle on Bad Arguments

Leading Minds Research Project.
Leeds, UK
4-5th July, 2014

Why does Aristotle include knowledge of defective arguments within the arts of dialectic and rhetoric? On one attractive way of understanding the nature of Aristotelian rhetoric and dialectic, these are (in large measure) expertises in the use of good arguments and good reasoning to persuade others. How then should we explain the place Aristotle gives to defective arguments (merely apparent enthymemes / syllogisms / refutations, sophisms, and in general invalid and otherwise defective arguments) within his works on these expertises of dialectic and rhetoric (Topics, Sophistical Refutations and Rhetoric)? How should we understand his apparent recommendations regarding the use of such arguments? By what standards of propriety does he mark out arguments as “merely apparent syllogisms/enthymemes”, particularly given his famously “more relaxed” standards for genuine enthymemes in rhetoric?

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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 2013 AILACT Essay Prize. This will be the ninth year in which the prize has been offered.

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We all know we’re not supposed to engage in fallacious argumentation.  We might disagree about what fallacies there are or how they work, but we all agree that there are certain moves in argumentation–at least in some contexts–that are just downright, well…dishonest. How do we keep students and others in our charge from wandering down that path? Most of the time the method is to teach and to reinforce practices of good argumentation, while at the same time teaching them how to recognize and nullify, with critique, the fallacious arguments of others. So far the story is not all that different from any other well-known model of moral education. Teach and promote the good, identify and punish the bad.  And that works most of the time in the hermetically sealed environment of the classroom.  Then our students go out into the world and encounter argumentation like this:

Or this… (more…)

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DIALECTIC AND ARISTOTLE’S LOGIC

September 2-4 2013
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (Netherlands)


Aristotle’s logic is often treated as though it falls into two quite distinct parts: the deductive syllogistic system, discussed in the Prior and Posterior Analytics and the dialectical system, discussed in the Topics and Sophistical Refutations. Each of these parts has received sustained, independent attention: logicians have done much to articulate the structure of Aristotle’s syllogistic, while commentators have seen Aristotle’s dialectic as key to his whole philosophical enterprise.  (more…)

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Note: As of this posting, RAIL has adopted the convention of posting the author’s name and institutional affiliation at the bottom of each article.

 

What do patterns of abusive argumentation reveal?  Feminists maintain that we receive a disproportionate level of abusive responses to our argumentation, and a disproportionate level of abuse, even relative to the level of anger and hatred on the internet.  Because people are skeptical about the prevalence and level of verbal abuse that feminists receive, and because abusive comments are deleted on many websites, feminist video blogger Anita Sarkeesian AKA “Feminist Frequency” has archived the response to her argument-based request for research support. More details can be found in The New Statesman, and I would add that I (and other feminist instructors) occasionally receive sexist abuse directed at the feminist course content in anonymous comments that are part of our student evaluations of teaching. Anonymity may be a crucial factor in this phenomenon. (more…)

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