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Speaker's Series Nov. 22

Friday, November 22, 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


Dr. Douglas Walton

Distinguished CRRAR Fellow


“Modeling Single Agent Problem Solving with a Multiagent Model of Deliberation”


In this paper an example that mainly appears to be an instance of single agent deliberation, a man fixing his printer, is analyzed to see if there is some way the multiagent deliberation dialogue models that have recently appeared in the artificial intelligence and multiagent argumentation literature can be applied to it. For critics often say when presented with this example, or other comparable ones, that it’s not even a dialogue at all but an example of an agent reasoning by himself. So the critics ask: how can it be an instance of multiagent deliberation dialogue? This paper answers the question by modeling the example as an instance of devil’s advocate argumentation, where the same agent performs two roles by both putting forward a proposal and performing the mental action of thinking up counter arguments to it so he can respond to them, thereby making a stronger case for his proposal.

Friday, November 22, 2019


Chrysler Hall North, 1163

All are welcome