Speaker's Series Jan. 11

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 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


Douglas Walton

Distinguished CRRAR Fellow


“Applying Profiles of Dialogue to Sophistical Tactics”


Abstract: In some cases a fallacy is simply an error of reasoning - a failure of a conclusion to be correctly inferred from a set of premises by some normative standard of correct inference. In other cases a fallacy is a sophistical tactic used to try to get the best of a speech partner in dialogue unfairly by clever verbal deception or trickery. An error in reasoning can often easily be corrected by simply using an argumentation scheme or asking a critical question. No problem. But the sophistical tactic type of fallacy can only be detected by taking into account the background context of dialogue in which the argument was used for some purpose. Sophistical tactics fallacies are harder for beginners to cope with. These cases require diagnosing a problem in a sequence of moves in a formal dialogue structure. This can be a difficult task for beginners. This talk comes to the rescue by introducing the profiles of dialogue tool by showing how it can be applied to some relatively simple examples of sophistical tactics fallacies.



Friday, January 11, 2019

3:00 pm

Chrysler Hall North, 1163


All are welcome