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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!

via PhilJobs

The Department of Philosophy at York University invites applications from scholars who specialize in the field of Social Epistemology and Cognitive Science to be nominated for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC). The successful CRC is expected to have the necessary qualifications to be appointed as a tenured or tenure-track professor at the Assistant or Associate level. We are interested in applicants who demonstrate the potential for major and transformative scholarship in the field of social epistemology, drawing connections with cognitive science and/or other empirically informed approaches to philosophy.

The application deadline is 30th January, 2016. For more information view the full job posting at http://philjobs.org/job/show/4105

The Communication University of China (CUC) and the U.S.-based National Communication Association (NCA) are pleased to announce a co-sponsored summer conference to be held in Beijing, China, June 17-19, 2016. The conference will be held at the CUC International Convention Center, creating public space for scholars, media practitioners, government officials, and students to participate in open discussions and dialogue. Presentations will be made in English and Chinese, with simultaneous translations available via headsets.

Rationale

China and the United States are positioned to influence notions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, environmental priorities, and public health for the foreseeable future.

This international conference will address these broad issues as questions about communication; about how our two nations envision each other and how our interlinked imaginaries create both opportunities and obstacles for greater understanding and strengthened relations. Within the overarching theme of “Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization,” the conference will address eight key topics, each to be explored in panel sessions, workshops,graduate student panel sessions, and poster sessions.

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The 5th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation will be held August 6 (Sat) – 8 (Mon), 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. The conference is sponsored by the Japan Debate Association (JDA) and Rikkyo Univeristy, Tokyo, Japan. The conference is designed to encourage exchanges of views on the theory, practice and instruction of argumentation across the disciplines.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 January 2016 For more information please visit the conference website.

CFP: IPrA 2017

Pragmatics is underpinned by the idea that language use is a form of social action with real world consequences tied to the specific context of language use. Different theoretical perspectives under a broad conception of pragmatics articulate the notion of social action differently and hence arrive at differing perspectives on the relationships both between language and other forms of social action and between language use and conceptions of context. Nonetheless, as the range of paper topics in any volume of the IPrA journal Pragmatics will attest, the insights provided by pragmatics research into the essential connections between language use, context and social action facilitate detailed understanding of real world contexts, practices and institutions. Simultaneously, analyses of pragmatic aspects of language in real world settings have been shown to inform our theoretical understanding of the relationships between language, meaning, context and social action.

In addition to the special theme, the conference is open to all topics relevant to linguistic pragmatics in its broadest sense as the interdisciplinary (cognitive, social, cultural) science of language use.

The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2016. Individuals wishing to submit must be members of the International Pragmatics Association. Information regarding how to become a member can be found here. For instructions for proposals (which are quite specific), please visit the IrPA2017 website.

Vacancy for Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader

£34,576 to £55,389 Full Time, Permanent. Closing Date: 27 February 2016

The University of Dundee’s School of Science & Engineering is advertising several permanent posts including one covering the Centre for Argument Technology. We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates in Computational Linguistics to expand the group’s research in Argument Mining (see argmining2016.arg.tech and arg.tech/am), but welcome applications in all areas of the overlap between argumentation and artificial intelligence. A strong publication profile is essential, and for more senior appointments, so is a track record of funding success.

For further information about the Centre for Argument Technology, please see arg.tech or contact Prof. Chris Reed; for more information about the position, see arg.tech/lecturer.

More information can be found at the ARG-tech website for the opening.

CFP: CSSR 2016

The Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR / SCÉR) invites members to submit proposals for papers to be presented at its annual conference, to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Congress 2016 (http://congress2016.ca) at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB., May 31 – June 2, 2016.

The deadline for proposals is 10 January 2016. See the conference website for more information.

Submission is now open for a special issue of Synthese on epistemic justification.

Epistemic justification is a crucial concept in epistemology, connected to practically all debates within the field. Traditionally it is that which has to be added to true belief in order to yield knowledge, but in recent times the concept has been related to such notions as rational belief change and evidential support, epistemic luck, epistemic virtue and normalcy. The goal of the special issue is to collect new ideas on the subject within different research traditions in analytic epistemology, in particular those which connect the formal and informal approaches.

Papers can be submitted online via the Synthese editorial manager:

https://www.editorialmanager.com/synt/default.aspx

Please make sure to choose “S.I.: Epistemic Justification” as article type.

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016.

Eds.: Benjamin Bewersdorf and Jeanne Peijnenburg

Faculty of Philosophy
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Source: CFP: Special issue of Philosophy and Technology on “Logic as Technology” | Society for the Philosophy of Information

This special issue initiates Philosophy and Technology’s new subject area on logic and technology by proposing to explore novel insights from the natural, yet in philosophical contexts still uncommon juxtaposition of logic and technology. Instead of considering questions regarding the philosophical relevance of how logic is applied in technology (as witnessed by the role of recursion theory, the foundation of computation, in logic), as a means to reason about technology (reasoning about programs, security, etc.), or even how technology is used to learn more about logic (e.g. with the help of theorem-provers), we suggest to explore how our thinking about logic can be shaped by our thinking about technology. This includes, first and foremost, the suggestion that we can see logic as a technology by avoiding the common restriction of technology to physical artefacts and the even more traditional restriction of logic to symbolically formulated deductive systems. Abstract or semantic artefacts are technologies, and logic is—like mathematics—a typical example of such a technology.

The proposal to see logic as a technology emphasises the mutual interaction between technology and philosophy, but also addresses the deeper issue that the traditional scope of the philosophy of logic does not include influential uses and applications of logic in or related to computer science, economics, cognitive science, or linguistics, as central or essential uses of logic. Indeed, the exclusive focus on logic as a universally applicable standard for correct deductive reasoning, and the common suggestion that reasoning in the vernacular is the notional domain of application for deductive logic, blocks the development of a common understanding of logics as codifications of validity and of logics as formal modelling tools.

The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2016.

Please see the journal website for more information.

EXTENDED DEADLINE

Please see below for details.

Call for Papers

“Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation”

Special Issue of the journal, Informal Logic (ISSN: 0824-2577)
www.argdiap.pl/InformalLogic

“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/).

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