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Catherine Hundleby, Research Fellow



Graduate Director for the new interdisciplinary PhD program in Argumentation Studies , Associate Professor of Philosophy, and cross-appointed to Women’s and Gender Studies. Hundleby helped found and remains active in the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS). She is also active in the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP) and the Ontario Society for Studies in Argumentation (OSSA). Her primary research is in feminist epistemology and currently this involves assessing the utility of argumentation theory for addressing the epistemologies of ignorance. Certain manifestations of ignorance — especially those involving unconscious biases — cannot be helped much by explicit reasoning. Yet, Douglas Walton’s account of argumentation schemes can help us see how knowledge and ignorance interact in the way people offer and accept reasoning: argumentation schemes understood as presumptive reasoning point to background assumptions in a way that might aid the epistemologies of ignorance. More about Hundleby’s research, including her ongoing work on critical thinking education can be found at