CRRAR is the acronym for the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (Centre de Recherches sur Raisonnement, Argumentation et Rhétorique) at the University of Windsor.
The idea for such a research centre grew out of earlier initiatives, a short‐lived national Network for the Study of Reasoning (NSR, 2005‐ 2006), and an informal group of researchers at the University Windsor called the Windsor Group for Research in Argumentation and Informal Logic (W‐GRAIL, 2000‐ 2005). At the initiative of Professors Blair and Johnson, in 2006 the University decided to create a university‐wide research centre to take advantage of the prominence both in numbers and reputation of the scholars engaged in research in reasoning, argumentation and rhetoric. In particular, there was a desire to build on Windsor’s international reputation as the place where informal logic was conceived and developed.
The mission of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric is to become a national and international leader in individual and collaborative research into the theory and practice of reasoning, argument and argumentation, and rhetoric from the perspective of all related academic disciplines, and a leader in the application and dissemination of this research. CRRAR will collaborate with regional, national and international groups, such as the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), the national Network for the Study of Reasoning (NSR) (Canada), the American Forensic Association (AFA) (USA), Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT)(USA and Canada) and the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) (The Netherlands), as well as with the national organizations representing the various scholarly disciplines to which its members belong.
Dr. Christopher Tindale,
Department of Philosophy
Telephone: 519-253-3000, ext.2397
Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric
Essex Hall, Rm. 312
c/o Department of Philosophy
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, ON., Canada