Lecture to examine models of argument

Philosophy professor Christopher Tindale will suggest a way to prepare the field of informal logic to better deal with narrative and visual arguments in a free public presentation Tuesday, December 16.

“Static and dynamic models of argument” will review the advances informal logic has made to reframe argumentation in ways that fit its everyday uses, says Dr. Tindale, but he says a “static” conception continues to dog researchers.

“That is, they view arguments as products torn from the processes of argumentation, sitting lifeless on the page awaiting evaluation,” he says. “By contrast, I suggest … a more dynamic rhetorical model of argument, one that involves both internal and external movement.”

His lecture begins at 2 p.m. in room 209, Essex Hall. Tindale is a fellow of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric, which is hosting this event.