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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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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  • Previously unpublished papers, and papers published or accepted for publication between January 1, 2012 and September 1, 2015 are eligible.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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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: (more…)

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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/

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Vol 35, No 2 (2015)


David Godden. Argumentation, rationality, and psychology of reasoning (135-167)

Cristián Santibáñez, What is the Purpose of Arguing? On Value, Function and Normativity in Argumentation (168-183)

Jeffrey Maynes, Critical Thinking and Cognitive Bias (184-204)

Kunimasa Sato, Sensitizing Reasons by Emulating Exemplars (205-221)

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Update: Submission Deadline Extended to 20 April 2015


Argumentation and Advocacy invites submissions for a special anniversary issue on visual argument titled “Twenty Years of Visual Argument.” The issue, scheduled to be published in 2016, will celebrate and extend the groundbreaking work on visual argument that appeared in the journal’s 1996 (double) issue on visual argument. Since that time, visual argument has become a central topic in argumentation theory and been featured in presented papers and published articles that explore case studies and investigate the possibility of a theory of visual argument. The special issue editors invite articles that outline what argumentation scholars can learn from the last twenty years of work. In particular, we are interested in articles that address theoretical considerations, helping frame a coherent theoretical account of visual argument (and possibly other multi-modal forms of argument). We welcome theoretical contributions that illustrate their point with concrete examples of visual argument and their use. We are committed to having the special issue represent the wide range of scholarly traditions that engage visual argument including, but not limited to, informal logic, philosophy, and rhetoric.

Questions about the special issue may be directed to the guest editors:


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Call for Proposals

Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA)

Argumentation, Objectivity and Bias

May 18-21, 2016 University of Windsor

The OSSA Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers and posters which deal with argumentation, as it intersects with the ideal of objectivity and the problem of bias.

Abstracts prepared for anonymous refereeing must be submitted electronically no later than SEPTEMBER 7, 2015. Instructions on how to prepare and where to submit abstracts will be made available in March on the OSSA 11 website: www.uwindsor.ca/ossa .

Keynote speakers:

  • Mark Battersby, Critical Inquiry Group Vancouver
  • Scott Jacobs, Department of Communication University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Michel Meyer, Chaire de Rhétorique et d’Argumentation, Université Libre de Bruxelless
  • Susana Nuccetelli, Department of Philosophy St. Cloud State University

The J. Anthony Blair Prize

OSSA wishes to promote the work of graduate students and young scholars in the field of argumentation studies. Thus we strongly encourage submissions from this group. The J. Anthony Blair Prize ($1000 CDN) is awarded to the student paper presented at the Conference judged to be especially worthy of recognition. The competition is open to all students whose proposals are accepted for the Conference. Canadian graduate students who need financial assistance in order to attend should advise the Organizing Committee when they submit their proposals. For the purpose of the Conference, a graduate student is one who has not completed his or her graduate program by September 7, 2015. (Additional information about this prize will also be available on the website.) All conference related inquiries should be sent to ossa@uwindsor.ca

Organizing Committee:

H. V. Hansen – C. E. Hundleby – C. W. Tindale
University of Windsor


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