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Christopher W. Tindale, Director & Research Fellow

Christopher TindaleChristopher Tindale

Dr. Tindale received his PhD from the University of Waterloo. He worked for almost 20 years at Trent University in Ontario, moving in 2006 to the University of Windsor to become a fellow of the Centre of Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric and a professor in the department of philosophy. He is the co-editor (with J. Anthony Blair) of the journal Informal Logic; and the co-editor (with Leo Groarke) of the Windsor Studies in Argumentation book series. He lectures at universities around the world. His books include Acts of Argument (1999), Rhetorical Argumentation (2004), Fallacies and Argument Appraisal (2007), Reason’s Dark Champions (2010) and The Philosophy of Argument and Audience Reception (2015). His work has been translated into a number of languages, and a selection of his essays appeared in Spanish in 2017: Retórica y teoría de la argumentación contemporáneas: ensayos escogidos de Christopher Tindale.

Research Interests:

Dr. Tindale’s research concentrates on argumentation and rhetoric, including the development of argumentation in ancient Greek philosophy. He is currently engaged on two projects: ‘Argumentation and Extremism’, and ‘Plato’s Reasons’.

Recent Publications (2012-2017):

Books:

· Retórica y teoría de la argumentación contemporáneas: ensayos escogidos de Christopher Tindale. Cristián Santibáñez (Trans). Medellín, Colombia: Universidad Eafit, 2017.

· The Philosophy of Argument and Audience Reception. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

· Grundkurs Informelle Logik: Begründen und Argumentieren im Alltag und in den Wissenschaften. Thomas Keutner (Translator) Mentis Verlag GmbH, 2013.

· Good Reasoning Matters! Fifth Edition (with Leo Groarke). Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2013.

Selected Papers:

· “Replicating Reasons: Arguments, Memes, and the Cognitive Environment,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 50 (4): 566-88. [Invited paper for the 50th-anniversary issue.]

· “Narratives and the Concept of Argument,” in P. Olmos (Ed.) Narration as Argument. Springer (2017): 11-30.

· “Collateral Beliefs and the Rashōmon Effect,” Cogency 8.2 (2016): 125-45.

· “On Cognitive Environments” Argumentation and Reasoned Action: Proceedings of the First European Conference on Argumentation, Lisbon, 9-12 June 2015, D. Mohammed and M. Lewinski (Eds.). Volume I. London: College Publications, (2016):689-706.

· “Rhétorique, argumentation et adaptation des moyens de persuasion.” In Persuasion et Argumentation. M. Dufour (Trans), G. Roque & A.L. Nettel (Eds.). Paris: Classiques Garnier, (2015):35-53.

· "Reasoning under Conditions of Uncertainty: Aristotle’s Three Rhetorical 'Proofs.'" Studies in Logic 8.3 (2015): 1-12.

· “Analogical Reasoning and Semantic Roots of Inference,” (with Fabrizio Macagno and Douglas Walton) Revue Internationale de Philosophie. 270.4 (2014):419-432. [3rd author]

· “The Use and Force of Rhetorical Strategies in Riel’s First Speech,” in Hans V. Hansen (Ed) Riel’s Defense: Perspectives on His Speeches. Montreal & Kingston: McGll-Queen’s Press, (2014):122-34.

· “Applying Recent Argumentation Methods to Some Ancient Examples of Plausible Reasoning,” (with Douglas Walton and Thomas F. Gordon) Argumentation. 28.1 (2014):85-119. [2nd author]

· “Rhetorical Argumentation and the Nature of Audience: Toward an Understanding of Audience-Issues in Argumentation,” in Rhetoric’s Contributions to the Study of Argumentation. Special Issue of Philosophy and Rhetoric, Ralph H. Johnson & Christopher W. Tindale (Eds.) Vol. 46.4 (2013):508-532.

· “The Words of Other People: the Fundamental Role of Testimony in Rhetorical Argumentation” in Verbal and Visual Rhetoric in a Media World, Hilde van Belle, et al (Eds) Leiden: University of Leiden Press, (2013):41-61.

· “Models of Communicative Efficiency,” in Theories and Models of Communication, Volume 1 of Handbooks of Communication Science, Paul Cobley and Peter Schulz (Eds.) Netherlands: De Gruyter Mouton Press (2013):163-180.

· “Arguments for Rhetorical Arguments: A Response to Aikin,” (with Katharina von Radziewsky) Cogency 4.1. (2012):91-119.

· “Dismantling Expertise: Disproof, Retraction, and the Persistence of Belief,” in Between Scientists and Citizens, Jean Goodwin (Ed.) Ames, IA: GPSSA (2012):393-402.

Invited Presentations (2012-2017):

· “The Common, the Uncommon, and the Radically Different: Argumentation and the Challenge of Extremism,” Keynote address: II Coloquio Argumentación. Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia, August 15, 2017.

· “Disrupting the Course of Civilization: How Argumentation Transforms Reason.” Keynote address: Value and Argumentation conference, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, June 28, 2017.

· “Rhetoric and the Polis in the Late Plato,” Invited talk: Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden, September 2016.

· “Replicating Reason: Arguments, Memes, and the Cognitive Environment,” Invited talk: Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia, August 8, 2016

· “Narratives and the Concept of Argument,” Invited talk: VI Congreso de Filosfia, Universidad del Norte Colombia, Barranquilla, August 10, 2016.

· “More Artful Methods: Techniques of Narrative in Argumentation,” Keynote address: 3rd Conference for the Days of Ivo Skaric, Croatia, April 20-23, 2016.

· “Arguing with Extremism,” Martin Wesley talk, University Of Windsor: December 2, 2015.

· “Inventing Arguments,” Invited Talk at “Beyond Critical Thinking: A Symposium,” York University, November 13, 2015.

· “Extremism as a Philosophical Problem,” Invited talk, Colby College, Maine. November 5, 2015.

· “On Cognitive Environments,” 1st European Conference on Argumentation, Lisbon, Portugal, June 9-11, 2015.

· “The Prospect for Rhetoric in the Late Plato,” Annual Conference of the Classical Association of Canada. University of Toronto, Toronto, May 20-22, 2015.

· “The Sense of an Audience: Viewing the Study of Argument from the Perspective of an Audience,” Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 14, 2014.

· “Themes in Rhetorical Argumentation: The Central Place of Audience,” Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 12, 2014.

· “Ambiguity and the Rhetoric of Informal Logic,” Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 10, 2014.

· “Static and Dynamic Models of Argument,” Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 5, 2014.

· “Rhetoric and Argumentation: Aristotle’s Legacy,” Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 3, 2014.

· “Argumentation, Ethics, and Animal Issues,” Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China, October 31, 2014.

· “An Introduction to Rhetorical Argumentation,” Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China, October 29, 2014.

· “The Positive Side to Sophistical Argumentation,” Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China, October 23, 2014.

· “An Introduction to Rhetorical Argumentation,” Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China, October 22, 2014.

· “Argumentation and Diversity,” Beijing International Studies University, October 21, 2014.

· “Rhetoric and Informal Logic: A Series of Five Lectures,” Department of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai China, October 9-20, 2014.

· “Tools of Reason: A Research Agenda for Argumentation Theory,” Inaugural Lecture for the new graduate program in argumentation theory, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia, August 5, 2014.

· “Measuring the Strength of Argumentation,” Keynote Address to V Congreso Colombiano de Filosofia, Medellin, Colombia, July 31, 2014.

· “Aristotle’s Gaze: Discovering Rhetoric’s Vision,” Keynote Address: Conference on the Functions and Uses of Rhetoric. Belgian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Brussels, May 17, 2013.

· “The Force of the Better Argument: Rhetoric’s Role in Informal Logic,” Keynote Address: Conference in Logic, Argumentation and Critical Thinking III, Santiago, Chile, 8-11 January 2013.

· “Giving Meaning Presence”, International Colloquium on Meaning and Arguments in Context, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, October 12, 2012.

· “Expert Arguments and Rhetorical Proofs,” Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, February 10, 2012.

· “Rhetoric’s Presence,” Martin Wesley Lecture, University of Windsor, January 2012.