Speaker's Series Feb. 9

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 15:00

Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by


Professor J. Anthony Blair

Senior CRRAR Fellow, Argumentation Studies Faculty


“Inquiry Argument Revisited”

Abstract: In earlier and also more recent work, Bailin and Battersby (2010, 2015), and I (Blair 2016, 2017), have (independently) contended that the use of arguments in investigations or inquiries is worthy of attention. I have further claimed that the use of arguments to inquire is distinct from their use to advocate, and that such approaches to argumentation as pragma-dialectics, which assume advocacy as the only use of arguments, fail to account for this distinction. In this paper I consider four arguments against my thesis, which, I think, call for some revision in my position, though not for its abandonment. I suggest that my error was due to my adopting a widely shared false assumption about the concept of argument.



Friday, February 9, 2018

3:00 pm

Memorial Hall, Room 105


All are welcome