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Dan Cohen did a very nice TED talk on argumentation. If you haven’t seen it already, do check it out below!

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy

VIRTUES AND ARGUMENTS
Deadline for submission: September 1, 2014

GUEST EDITORS
Andrew Aberdein (Florida Institute of Technology)
Daniel Cohen (Colby College)

OVERVIEW
Virtue-based approaches have made substantial contributions to ethics and epistemology. They have also found application in more unexpected fields, including the study of argument. Virtue Argumentation Theory mandates a shift in focus from acts and objects, or processes and products, to agents. Thus, Virtue Argumentation Theory brings a set of difficult but important new questions into focus, particularly about arguers’ conduct in inter-agent transactions. At the same time, Virtue Argumentation Theory also provides new signposts leading to their resolution. Several authors have recently begun to suggest answers to these questions. This special issue will consolidate and extend their work.

POSSIBLE TOPICS (more…)

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As of a few weeks ago the latest issue of Cogency has been released. The issue contains a number of interesting articles, many of which bear thematic connections to the last OSSA conference back in May.  Of these I recommend two in particular: Dan Cohen’s “Skepticism and Argumentative Virtues“, and Harvey Siegel’s “Argumentation and the Epistemology of Disagreement”. Those that had the good fortune to be at Harvey Siegel’s talk at OSSA on the topic of the latter article will remember an interesting and insightful discussion that brought together recent literature in epistemology and the corpus within argumentation theory on Fogelin’s theory of deep disagreement. Compressed as it was, the presentation hit every major point in the discussion so well that I wound up abandoning a project on the same topic. (To paraphrase Kenny Rogers, you gotta know when to fold ’em!)  Dan Cohen’s paper in this issue of Cogency brings East Asian philosophy to bear on the themes of his keynote address at OSSA 10. Whether you happened to agree with his remarks there or in this article or not, I’m confident in saying that I think you’ll find it harder to find a more interesting paper before year’s end.

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Call for Proposals

Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA)

VIRTUES of ARGUMENTATION

May 22-25, 2013 University of Windsor

Keynote speakers:

Daniel H. Cohen, Department of Philosophy, Colby College

Marianne Doury, Communication & Politics, CNRS – Paris

G. Thomas Goodnight, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California

The OSSA Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers that deal with argumentation, especially those that pertain to the practice of argumentation and its virtues.

Abstracts prepared for blind refereeing must be submitted electronically to the Program Committee no later than SEPTEMBER 7, 2012, to <ossa@uwindsor.ca>

(write ‘[your last name] OSSA abstract’ in the subject line).

Abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words long. Additional information on how to prepare proposals will be available on the conference website in the coming months: www.uwindsor.ca/ossa.

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) will be 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 us when submitting their proposals.

For the purpose of the Conference, a graduate student is one who has not completed her/his graduate program by September 7, 2012.  (Additional information about this prize will also be available on the website.)

Organizing Committee:

H. V. Hansen – C. W. Tindale – C. E, Hundleby

University of Windsor

www.uwindsor.ca/ossa

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