APPLY - European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

In conjunction with Rutgers University, the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric through the University of Windsor, is one of two international members of APPLY (European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis).

APPLY's Kick-off event is coming up!

Dates: Tuesday 19 March to Friday 22 March 2019

Location: ArgLab, Nova University of Lisbon – Campus de Campolide

Short Description: The 4-year project will start with a series of kick-off events at the ArgLab in Lisbon.
The goal of the kick-off event is to encapsulate the project’s main objectives, methods and topics via a variety of presentations, meetings and working sessions. These activities will focus on the problems of argumentation in public policy-making, especially in the context of climate change and energy debates.

Our Director of CRRAR will be presenting there as well.

Chris Tindale (University of Windsor, Canada) is the Director of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric. In his work, he combines the philosophical understanding of rhetorical argumentation with the informal logical approach. His current projects involve the resources that argumentation theory can provide for the problem of extremism, and a study of argument and rhetoric in the works of Plato. He is the author of Acts of Arguing: A Rhetorical Model of Argument, SUNY Press, 1999; Rhetorical Argumentation, Sage, 2004 and Fallacies and Argument Appraisal, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Most recently, he published The Philosophy of Argument and Audience Reception, Cambridge University Press, 2015.


March 19, 15:00-16:00

Recent work in rhetorical argumentation filters criteria for evaluating rhetorical arguments (adherence; objectivity; and resistance to refutation) through tools drawn from informal logic, specifically argumentation schemes with their associated critical questions. We see this if we draw on some of those schemes that emphasize the importance of place in argumentation; schemes like the Argument from Sign.

The “climate controversy” reflects a breakdown of the instruments of communication required by the public to read the “coarse signs” (Latour 2010). Taking my cue from Carlo Ginzburg’s discussions of the venatic method in rhetoric, I explore how the tools of argumentation I have introduced may address this breakdown.