Excellence in Research

The Philosophy Department is the home of Informal Logic, an internationally recognized journal publishing articles in informal logic, critical thinking, and argumentation theory.

J.A. Blair and C. Tindale serve as editors for the journal.

The department is also home to Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric.

The department has an excellent research profile. See below for a list of awards, honours, and some recent publications:


Marcello Guarini

  • 2016. “Order Effects, Moral Cognition, and Intelligence,” in Vincent C. Müller (ed.), 2016. Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence (Synthese Library), Berlin: Springer, pp. 527-540.
  • 2012. “Conative Dimensions of Machine Ethics: A Defense of Duty,” IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 3, no. 4, pp. 434-442.
  • 2011. “Computational Neural Modeling and the Philosophy of Ethics,” in M. Anderson and S. Anderson, eds, Machine Ethics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 316 - 334. 
  • 2010. “Particularism, Analogy, and Moral Cognition,” Minds and Machines, 20, no.3, pp. 385-422. 
  • 2009.  Guarini, Marcello, Amy Butchart, Paul Simard Smith, and Andrei Moldovan. “Resources for Research on Analogy: A Multi-disciplinary Guide.” Informal Logic, 29 (2): 84-198. 
  • 2004. “A Defense of Non-deductive Reconstructions of Analogical Arguments,” Informal Logic 24, no.2, pp. 153-168.
  • 2001. “A Defense of Connectionism Against the ‘Syntactic’ Argument,” Synthese 128, no. 3, pp. 287-317.

Radu Neculau

• Critical psychology without critical psychologists? Reflections on the critical potential of social representations theory in a post-communist society. Annual Review of Critical Psychology 11 (2012), forthcoming.

• Practical reasoning as creative social imagination. In: F. Zenker (Ed.), Argumentation: Cognition and Community. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), pp. 1-10, 2011.

• Being oneself in another: Recognition and the culturalist deformation of identity. Inquiry, 55:2 (2011), pp. 148-170.

• Identity recognition and the normative challenge of crowd psychology. Annual Review of Critical Psychology 10 (2011), pp. 100-110.

• L'icône et le foulard: identité culturelle, dignité morale et reconnaissance réciproque. Meta 1:2 (2009), pp. 212-248.

• Normative validity, cultural identity, and ideology critique. In: J. Ritola (Ed.), Argument Cultures. Proceedings of the 2009 OSSA Conference, pp. 1-19, 2009.

• Does Kant's rejection of the right to resist make him a legal rigorist? Interpretation and instantiation in the Rechtslehre. Kantian Review 13:1 (2008), pp. 107-140.

• The sublimity of violence: Kant and the aesthetic response to the French Revolution. Symposium 12:1 (2008), pp. 29-43.

Jeff Noonan

• Critical Humanism and the Politics of Difference, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003.

• "Between Egoism and Altruism: Outlines for a Materialist Conception of the Good, Critical Review of International Philosophy and Policy, forthcoming, Summer, 2003.

• "Can There be Applied Philosophy Without Philosophy?" Interchange, 34, #1, 2003.

• "Democracy, Pluralism, and the Life-Ground of Value, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 13(4), 2002.

Philip Rose

  • "Rethinking Whitehead's Cosmology Through the Cosmogonic Philosophy of C.S. Peirce: Speculation on the Origins of the Actual and the Metaphysical Primacy of the Possible," in Process Cosmology: New Integrations in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Andrew M. Davis, Maria-Teresa Teixeira, Wm. Andrew Schwartz (Palgrave Perspectives on Proces Philosophy, 2022).
  • "Speculative Philosophy and the Tyranny of the Practical" (Academia Letters, 2021).
  • "The End of Mechanism: The Machine Model of Nature, Technologies of Information, and the Ecological Turn," in Canadian Environmental Philosophy, Ed. C. Tyler DesRoches, Frank Jankunis, and Byron Williston (McGill-Queens, 2019).
  • "The Anthropocene, Cultural-Technological Life, and the Ecological Turn: Rethinking Nature and Humanity via a Real Relation to the Possible" (Analecta Hermeneutica, 2018).
  • "Possibility, Spontaneity, and the General Order of Nature: Toward a General Theory of Emergence," in Nature Alive: Essays on the Emergence and Evolution of Living Agents, Ed. Adam C. Scarfe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).

Christopher Tindale

• “Out of the Space of Reasons: Argumentation, Agents and Persons,” Pragmatics and Cognition. 19.3. (2011):383-398.

• Reason’s Dark Champions: Constructive Strategies of Sophistic Argument. University of South Carolina Press, 2010.

• “Ways of Being Reasonable: Perelman and the Philosophers,” Philosophy & Rhetoric, 43.4. (2010):337-361.

• “Global Governance, Argumentation and Diversity,” in Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld and Shared Reasoning. Corneliu Bjola & Markus Kornprobst (Eds.) Routledge (Sept. 2010):141-156.

• "L’argumentation rhétorique et le problème de l’auditoire complexe", Sivan Cohen-Wiesenfeld  (Trans.) Argumentation et Analyse du Discours, n° 2 | 2009, [En ligne], mis en ligne le 01 avril 2009. URL : http://aad.revues.org/index493.html. Consulté le 01 avril 2009. (16 pp.)

• “La Falacia y la Apelación a la Autoridad” [“Fallaciousness and the Appeal to Authority], in De Las Falacias: Argumentación y Comunicación,  Cristian Santibanez and Roberto Marafioti (Trans.) Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos, 2008:151-72.

• Rhetorical Argumentation: Principles of Theory and Practice. Sage Publications. June, 2004.

• Acts of Arguing: A Rhetorical Model of Argument. State University of New York Press, 1999.


Professors Emeriti

J.A Blair

University Professor

• “The Philosophy of Argument.” Argument Cultures. Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. Windsor, ON, Canada. 3-6 June. CD-Rom, 2010.

• “Commentary on James B. Freeman, ‘Justifying higher-level moral principles: a role for argumentation?’” .” Argument Cultures. Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. Windsor, ON, Canada. 3-6 June. CD-Rom, 2010.

• “Commentary on Takuzo Konishi, ‘Toward history of argumentation: Canadian informal logic.’” Argument Cultures. Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. Windsor, ON, Canada. 3-6 June. CD-Rom, 2010.

• “Teaching the Dog’s Breakfast,” [with R. H. Johnson] APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 9, No. 1., 2009.

• “Informal Logic and Logic.” Studies in Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric 15 (28). (Special Issue on Argumentation Theory and Informal Logic), 2009.

• “The Logic of Natural Language.” (Co-author R. H. Johnson.)  In Philosophy and World Problems, John McMurtry (Ed.), in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Developed under the auspices of the UNESCO.Oxford: Eolss Publishers, 2009. 

• “Who teaches K-12 critical thinking?” In Jan Sobocan and Leo Groarke (eds.), Critical Thinking Education and Assessment: Can Higher Order Thinking be Tested?, pp. 267-279. London, ON: The Althouse Press, 2009.

• “The Pertinence of Toulmin and Perelman.Olbrechts-Tyteca for Informal Logic,” in Henrique Jales Ribeiro (Ed.), Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Beginnings of the XXIst Century, pp.17-32. Coimbra, Portugal: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2009.

• “Argument Evaluation and Fallacies for Critical Thinking,” in Alfred C. Snider (Ed.), Frontiers of the 21st Century: Argumentation, Debate and the Struggle for Civil Society, Proceedings of the 2004 and 2005 International Debate Education Association Conferences in Turkey and Estonia, pp. 3-19. New York: IDEBATE Press, 2008.

• “Perelman Today on Justice and Argumentation,” in Takeshi Suzuki, Takayuki Kato and Aya Kubota (Eds,), Proceedings of the 3rd Tokyo Conference on Argumentation: Argumentation, the Law and Justice (August 2008), pp. 18-22. Tokyo: Japan Debate Association, 2008.

• "Walton's Argumentation Schemes for Presumptive Reasoning: A Critique and Development." In Angela J. Aguayo and Timothy R. Steffensmeier (Eds.), Readings on Argumentation, pp. 128-140. State College, PA: Strata Publishing, Inc. (Reprint of 2001 article in Argumentation.), 2008.

• Johnson, Ralph H. and J. Anthony Blair. "Informal Logic: An Overview." In Angela J. Aguayo and Timothy R. Steffensmeier (Eds.), Readings on Argumentation, pp. 26-37. State College, PA: Strata Publishing, Inc. (Reprint of 2000 article in Informal Logic.), 2008.

R. H. Johnson

University Professor

• Elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2003.

• ISSA Award, 2000

• Lieutenant Governor Laurel Award, 1993

• Manifest Rationality: A Pragmatic Study of Argument, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 Pp. xiii + 391.

• “Informal Logic and the Reconfiguration of Logic,” (with J.A. Blair), in: Handbook of the Logic of Argument and Inference: The Turn toward the Practical Reasoning,. Dov Gabbay, Ralph H. Johnson, Hans-Jurgen Ohlbach and John Woods (Eds.). Amsterdam: Elsivier, 2003, pp. 339-396

• “Manifest Rationality Reconsidered: Reply to My Fellow Symposiasts” Argumentation, 16:3 (2002) pp. 311-331

• 1999 "Reasoning, Argument and The Network Problem," Protosociology.13, (1999), pp. 14-28.


Past Professors

Deborah Cook

• Adorno on Nature (Stocksfield, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2011) pp. ix-198.

• Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, ed. Deborah Cook, (Stocksfield, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2008) pp. viii 211.

• Adorno, Habermas, and the Search for a Rational Society (London and New York: Routledge, 2004) pp. xii-228.

• The Culture Industry Revisited: Theodor W. Adorno on Mass Culture (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1996) pp. xiv-190.

• The Subject Finds a Voice: Foucault’s Turn Toward Subjectivity (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1993) pp. xi–151.

• "Comme par un miroir, obscurément: la théologie inversée d’Adorno," Les Normes et le Possible: Héritage et Perspectives de l’Ecole de Francfort, eds. Pierre-François Noppen, Iain Macdonald, and Gérard Raulet, (Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 2013).

• "The Rise and Decline of the Individual: Exit Hamlet, Enter Hamm," Individualism: The Cultural Logic of Modernity, ed. Zubin Meer, (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011) pp. 227-33.

• "Theodor W. Adorno," History of Continental Philosophy, ed. Alan Schrift, Vol. 5: Critical Theory to Structuralism: Philosophy, Politics, and the Human Sciences, ed. David Ingram, (Chesholm, England: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2010), pp. 81-104.

Robert Pinto

• R. C. Pinto, “The Uses of Argument in Communicative Contexts.”  Argumentation 24:2 (2010), pp. 227-252.

• R. C. Pinto, “Argumentation and the force of reasons”. Informal Logic 29: 3 (2010), pp. 263-297.

• Hans V. Hansen and R. C. Pinto, eds., Reason Reclaimed: Essays in Honour of J. Anthony Blair and Ralph H. Johnson. Vale Press, June 2007.

• R. C. Pinto, “Evaluating Inferences: the nature and role of warrants”. Informal Logic 26: 3 (2006):  287-317.

• R. C. Pinto, Argument, Inference and Dialectic: Collected papers on informal logic. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.

• Hans V. Hansen and R. C. Pinto, eds., Fallacies: Classical and Contemporary Readings. College Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

• R. C. Pinto and J. A. Blair, Reasoning: A Practical Guide. Englwood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1993.

• R. C. Pinto, J. A. Blair and Kate Parr, Reasoning: A Practical Guide for

• Canadian Students. Toronto: Prentice Hall Canada, Inc., 1993.

Catherine Hundleby

  • Feminist Perspectives on Argumentation. In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2021. http://plato.stanford.edu/contents.html.
  • Adversarial Argument, Belief Change, and Vulnerability.” Topoi 40(5): 859-872, 2021. With Moira Howes (co-author).
  • Epistemic Coverage and Argument Closure. 2021. Topoi 40(5): 1051 - 1062
  • Thinking Outside-In: Feminist Standpoint Theory as Epistemology, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science. In The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science. 2020.
  • The Epistemology of Anger in Argumentation. Symposion 5(2): 229-254, 2018. With Moira Howes (co-author).
  • Feminist Empiricism. The Handbook of Feminist Research, second edition, Sage, 2011.
  • Visiting Fellow, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University, 2010-2011.

Hans Hansen

  • 2021. Aspects of Walton’s theory of argumentation schemes.  J. of Applied Logics 8: 195-218.
  • 2020. In search of a workable auxiliary condition for authority arguments.  In From Argument Schemes to Argumentative Relations in the Wild (Springer), 25-40.
  • 2019. Editor. Presumptions and Burdens of Proof.  University of Alabama Press.
  • 2017. Editor. Deliberative Rhetoric: Arguing About Doing. (Essays of Chr. Kock). Windsor: Windsor Studies in Argumentation.
  • 2015. Fallacies. The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
  • 2014. Mill, informal logic and argumentation.  In  John Stuart Mill’s A System of Logic: Critical Appraisals. Routledge, 192-217.
  • 2014. Editor. Riel’s Defence: Perspectives on his Speeches. McGill-Queen’s University Press.