Speaker Series Jan. 8th

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 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


Catherine Hundleby
University of Windsor

Argument Repair: Teaching Interpretation

An “Adversary Method” that prioritizes a modus tollens logic of refutation has been observed by Janice Moulton (1983) and others to dominate the discipline of philosophy and undermine its epistemological and moral-political functioning.

Hundleby 2010 analyzes critical thinking textbooks written by philosophers to provide evidence in favour of Moulton’s view. It also suggests a way to limit the problematic dominance of the Adversary Method while still retaining a place for it.  Philosophers may better equip students to engage various forms of reasoning by adopting how Richard L Epstein (2013) presents “charitable interpretation” as the consideration of rules for “Argument Repair.” “Argument Repair” guides student interpretation of arguments in a way that accommodates various standards of inference and evidence but prevents the Adversary Method from acting as the default.


Friday, January 8, 2021


Weekly presentations conducted via Zoom. All those interested should contact crrar@uwindsor.ca for more information.