Friday, 3 September 2010

Special Issue - Informal Logic - feminist epistemology

We are pleased to announce that a special issue of *Informal Logic: Reasoning and Argumentation in Theory and Practice* that we co-edited, and titled, “Reasoning for Change,” is just out!   This journal is now open access, and this issue is available online at:    The Table of Contents is given below.

We hope that this special issue will contribute to the ongoing development of (in Lorraine Code’s words) a “rhetorical space” connecting work in informal logic, philosophy of argument, and argumentation theory, on the one hand, and feminist philosophy (especially feminist epistemology) on the other.  As we note in the introduction, “All of the papers in this special issue draw attention to significant advances in both informal logic and feminist epistemology that promise fruitful further development, and particularly when these two areas of philosophy more actively draw each from the other.”
Among the topics examined in this special issue are: adversarial argumentation (including in philosophy), gendered argumentation contexts, argumentative injustice (as a specific type of epistemic injustice), limitations of the fallacies approach to argument evaluation, and the implications for rhetorical argumentation of (feminist) epistemologies of situated knowledges. 

On a related note, the call for papers for the 2011 Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA) conference is at:
The deadline for abstracts/proposals is coming up: Sep 7, 2010.  We have found this conference to be a very supportive venue for the development of feminist work related to argumentation, critical thinking, and informal logic. 

Informal Logic, Vol 30, No 3 (2010):
Special Issue: Reasoning for Change

Table of Contents
Introduction: Reasoning for Change
-Phyllis Rooney, Catherine E. Hundleby

Philosophy, Adversarial Argumentation, and Embattled Reason
-Phyllis Rooney

Verbal Sparring and Apologetic Points: Politeness in Gendered Argumentation Contexts
-Sylvia Burrow

Argumentative Injustice
-Patrick Bondy

The Authority of the Fallacies Approach to Argument Evaluation
-Catherine Hundleby

Feminist Epistemologies of Situated Knowledges: Implications for Rhetorical Argumentation
-James C. Lang

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