Feeds:
Posts
Comments

This is the Life We Have Chosen

Via The Non Sequitur, the blog of Scott Akin and John Casey:

School has started again. For some of us academics, this means shifting from reading professional literature to papers written by absolute beginners. Over the years this can wear on you, especially since you’ll encounter the same moves over and over and over. The sheer repetitiveness of it will cause you to ask whether you’re having any effect at all on their work. If you’re smart, you’ll vent about it to your trusted colleagues in the friendly confines of the faculty lounge. They will commiserate with you, and hopefully remind you of your obligations as a teacher. After a scotch or two and some quality time in a chesterfield chair, you’ll return to class refreshed, or maybe a bit buzzed, but nonetheless ready to do whatever it is you do.

Should you lack good mentors or quality whisky, you may be tempted to go online with a post about how stupid the kids are. Before you do this, you need to remind yourself of three critical things…

.

Read the rest of this excellent post here.

Advertisements

Philosophy of Argumentation – An Issue of Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric

We invite the submission of papers to an issue of the journal Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric (https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/slgr) entitled ‘The Philosophy of Argumentation’. This issue is designed to build on the impact of recent events in argumentation and linguistics in Poland and aims to bring together researchers with a variety of perspectives and backgrounds in a discussion of the philosophical aspects of argumentation theory, and to further enhance the growing reputation of Poland as a centre for study in the field.

The journal issue will be co-edited by Martin Hinton (University of Łódź) and Marcin Koszowy (University of Białystok and Polish Academy of Science).

Topics

A philosophical approach to argument and persuasion may touch on many areas and this list is not designed to be exhaustive, but contributions might discuss:

Continue Reading »

via https://www.diskursanalyse.net/

Journal for Discourse Studies / Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung (ZfD)

we would like to remind you that the Journal for Discourse Studies is interested in your submissions! You may submit your manuscripts at any time in German or English by sending them to zfd@phil.uni-augsburg.de. Many different formats are possible, including but not limited to long or short articles, essays, or discussions.

Guidelines for submissions and more information about the journal can be found at www.uni-augsburg.de/zfd.

Source: Unilateral Disarmament in the “War on Science”

Some scientists perceive themselves as an embattled minority, fending off attacks from a public whose declining trust in science has been manufactured by self-interested adversaries aided by an easily-duped press. This perception is largely unfounded. When scientists communicate to the public from this point of view, they don’t contribute usefully to public deliberations. In fact, they add more toxins to the already polluted science communication environment. There has to be a better way.

Read the rest of the post at Jean’s excellent blog.

CFP: Second Call for ISSA 2018

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 9th ISSA CONFERENCE ON ARGUMENTATION

 

From July 3 to July 6, 2018, the 9th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) will be held at the University of Amsterdam. The aim of the conference is to draw together scholars from a variety of disciplines that are working in the field of argumentation theory.

 

The keynote speakers are:

     

  • Marianne Doury (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris)
  • Dale Hample (University of Maryland)
  • David Hitchcock (McMaster University)
  •  

The planning committee of the 9th ISSA Conference invites presentations of original, non-published work on argumentation. Argumentation theorists, (informal) logicians, discourse analysts, communication scholars, rhetoricians, legal scholars, AI scholars, and other scholars involved in the study of argumentation are all encouraged to take part.

 

Important dates

Continue Reading »

Call for Papers

Disagreement: Perspectives from Argumentation Theory and Epistemology: a special issue of Topoi


Submission Deadline: 31 October, 2017

Guest Edited by Patrick Bondy and David Godden

Topoi invites submissions to Disagreement: Perspectives from Argumentation Theory and Epistemology, a special issue edited by Patrick Bondy (Brandon University) and David Godden (Michigan State University).

The subject of this special issue is disagreement and how to rationally respond to it. The issue itself aims to bring together multiple perspectives bearing on the epistemological dimensions of disagreement broadly conceived.

Continue Reading »

Yeah, so…we’re back.

It’s been slow around here, yeah?

On and off, for the last couple of years I’ve been heavily involved in the effort to keep Marygrove College going. I am (or rather, was) one of the senior faculty there and so spent a lot of time in various forms of service to the College, including being a Department Chair, a Division Chair, and most recently a Criterion Team Leader for our last accreditation effort. Didn’t leave a whole lot of time for ol’ RAIL here. Sorry about that.

That brings me to the point of this post. It’s kind of a good news/bad news deal. The bad news? Despite our best efforts, the Board and administration at Marygrove decided to close all of our undergraduate programs and hand pink slips to nearly all of her faculty, regardless of rank or tenure, including yours truly. The good news? I’ve got a whole bunch of time on my hands now! Ergo this post. Of course I’m job hunting, but I’m also (quite happily) back to writing and research, and one consequence of that is that RAIL is back in business.

Wish us luck! And watch this space!