R.I.P. Richard Paul

On 30th August, 2015, the critical thinking research community lost one of its earliest and most consistent supporters, Richard Paul. A memorial and biography of Dr. Paul can be found here on the website of the influential critical thinking organization he co-founded, the Critical Thinking Community.

A future issue of the journal Informal Logic will be devoted to discussion of Richard Paul’s works and influence on critical thinking research and advocacy.


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



Conference Website: http://www.cadaad2016.unict.it

5th-7th September, 2016
Università di Catania, Sicily.

We are glad to announce that the 5th Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines Conference (CADAAD) will take place 5-7 September 2016 and will be hosted by the Università di Catania, Sicily.

CADAAD conferences are intended to promote current directions and new developments in cross-disciplinary critical discourse research. We welcome papers which, from a critical-analytical perspective, deal with contemporary social, scientific, political, economic, or professional discourses and genres. Possible topics include but are by no means limited to the following:

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The University of Iowa’s Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty position in rhetorical studies at the rank of assistant professor. We seek a scholar-teacher with demonstrated theoretical fluency and a research record in contemporary rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and/or critical histories of rhetoric. The ideal candidate’s research and teaching program will be concerned with civic engagement and the ways in which individuals and groups use rhetorical strategies to engage public controversies at the local, national, and/or global level. Possible areas could include (but are not limited to): civic engagement, environmental rhetoric, gender and sexuality, health and technology, political communication, race and ethnicity, social justice, and transnational rhetorics. Candidates will build on existing strengths among Communication Studies faculty in the areas of health, technology and/or social change.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a related discipline in hand by August 15th, 2016. A strong record, or promise of, outstanding teaching and scholarship and evidence of a demonstrated or potential ability to mentor graduate students are required qualifications for this position. The ability to collaborate across specializations in the Department and with other disciplines is desirable.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community, with faculty from diverse research backgrounds. The University of Iowa is a large public university in a friendly, culturally diverse community. The Department of Communication Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, two writing samples, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation through the UI’s online application system (https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/67245). Screening will begin October 1st, 2015, with applications considered until the position is filled.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the search chair, Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, at darrel-wanzer-serrano@uiowa.edu.

CFR: Beyond Critical Thinking

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

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: Continue Reading »

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/


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