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C.L. Hamblin and Argumentation Theory
A special issue of Informal Logic

Guest editors: Douglas N. Walton and Ralph H. Johnson

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
•    Hamblin’s views on logic
•    Hamblin’s views on fallacies
•    Hamblin’s view on argument
•    Hamblin’s views on formal dialectic

Papers should be prepared for blind refereeing and include 100-word-limit Abstract and 10-word-limit Keyword list, and should meet the format requirements of the journal:
http://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/informal_logic/about Click on “Submissions>Author Guidelines” to read the format requirements.

Submission deadline: 30 June 2011.

Papers will be blind refereed. Questions may be directed to either of the Guest Editors. The paper should be submitted to either one of the Guest Editors. Please advise one of the guest editors if you intend to submit a paper.

Douglas N. Walton: walton@uwindsor.ca Ralph H. Johnson: johnsoa@uwindsor.ca

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Arguments from Hamblin, Chapter 7
David Hitchcock’s diagram of Hamblin’s arguments against requiring true premises. (photos: Kelly Webster, editing: Steve Patterson)

This past Summer I had the great good fortune to participate in the Summer Institute in Argumentation hosted by CRRAR.  The Summer Institute preceded the OSSA conference, so the whole experience turned out to be about two and half weeks of really great discussions on all kinds of topics in argumentation theory and rhetoric.

One of the topics that’s been bouncing around in the back of my thoughts since then has been the question of whether or not an argument must have true premises in order to be good.  The question was raised in a fantastic session on Chapter 7 of Hamblin’s Fallacies that was led by David Hitchcock during the Summer Institute.  Hamblin, of course, answers this question in the negative, and I think it fair to say that the consensus of most of those attending agreed with him in that. For my part, I’ve been mulling it over since then and a few thoughts are beginning to emerge.

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