Speaker's Series Mar. 16

Friday, March 16, 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


Dr. Hans V. Hansen

CRRAR Fellow, Argumentation Studies Faculty


“Authority and Agreement”

Abstract: About arguments from authority (or expertise) most theorists say that it is a necessary condition for good arguments of this kind that the larger community of relevant experts should agree with the cited authority.  I call this the Ag-con Condition.  After reviewing some of the schemes that have been proposed as characterizing arguments from authority, we are led to three problems stemming from the inclusion of Ag-con: (1) The dilemma problem, (2) the scheme problem, and (3) the regress problem.  These are genuine problems, I think, when lay arguers lean on authority arguments for support.  Having recognized the problems, an attempt is made to overcome them.



Friday, March 16, 2018

3:00 pm

Memorial Hall, Room 105


All are welcome