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Hans V. Hansen, Fellow



Hans V. Hansen has been awarded degrees in philosophy from Lakehead University (BA with Honours), the University of Manitoba (MA) and Wayne State University (MA, PhD). He has taught at Wayne State University, Brock University, the University of Amsterdam and McMaster University before taking a position at the University of Windsor in 2000. Hansen has been involved with the journal Informal Logic since 1987, first as an editorial assistant, then as consulting editor and finally as co-editor. He has also served on the editorial board of Philosophy and Rhetoric (1996 - 2007) and Argumentation and Advocacy (2007 - ) as well on the board of the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (2003 - 2007). When he taught in the Arts and Sciences Program at McMaster University (1992) Hansen was a finalist for the Student Union’s Teaching Award; he was also a member of an award-winning panel at the Central States Communication Association meetings in 2000. In 2004 Hansen received an internal SSHRCC grant from the University of Windsor to study the arguments used by politicians in Canadian federal and provincial elections.

Professor Hansen has edited two books with R. C. Pinto: Fallacies (Penn State Press, 1995) and Reason Reclaimed (Vale Press, 2007). His essays about argumentation and logic have appeared in Synthese, Logique et Analyse, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Argumentation, as well as Informal Logic. He wrote the entry on rhetoric and logic for Blackwell’s International Encyclopaedia of Communication (2008).  Most recently Hansen has edited a volume devoted to a study of the speeches of the Canadian Métis leader, Louis Riel (1844-85) (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2014).

Dr. Hansen’s research centres on the intersection of argumentation and logic. He is interested in identifying and discussing informal theories of logic and inference and in seeing how they might be adapted to argumentation. He also works to recover the history of informal logic that has been left largely unexplored until now.  His current research projects are: (1) a study of the methods of informal logic; (2) a study of J.  S. Mill’s theory of argumentation; and (3) an investigation of the argumentation behaviour of Canadian politicians.


Professional Activities

Recent Publications

2015.  (forthcoming) “Fallacies,” Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.  
2014. "Mill, informal logic and argumentation," in Antis Loizides, Ed., 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).
2014. "Narrative and logical orders in Riel’s Address to the Jury," in Riel’s Defence: Perspectives on his Speeches.  (McGill-Queen’s University Press) 135-64.
2013. "Arguments from fairness and misplaced priorities in political argumentation," (with Douglas Walton) J. of Politics and Law 6, 78-94.
2013. "Argument kinds and argument roles in the Ontario provincial election," (with Douglas Walton) J. of Argumentation in Context 2, 226 -58.
2013. “Political discourse and argumentation profiles,” in What do We Know about the World? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, Gabrijela Kišiček and Igor Ž. Žagar Eds.  Windsor: Windsor Studies in Argumentation.  (Proceedings of 2012 Croatia Rhetoric Conference.)  91 - 98.
2012. Are there methods of informal logic?” CD-ROM Proceedings of OSSA 9, Argumentation: Cognition and Community, Frank Zenker, Ed. (13 pp.)
2012. "Petitioning the King: the case of provincial printers in eighteenth-century France," (with Jane McLeod) Argumentation 26,161-170.
2012. "An enquiry into the methods of informal logic," Inside Arguments, Henrique Jales Ribeiro, editor (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) 101-116.
(2012) Informal Logic and Argumentation: an Alta conversation.” (with David Godden and Leo Groarke), Reasoned Argument and Social Change, R. C. Rowland, Ed. (NCA Publication -- Proceedings of the 2011 Alta Conference). 48 - 62.
(2012) Comment on “Whose Toulmin and which Logic?” by Yun Xie and Minghui Xiong. CD-ROM Proceedings of OSSA 9, Argumentation: Cognition and Community, Frank Zenker, Ed. (5 pp.)
2011. "Notes on balance-of-consideration arguments," in Conductive Argument: An Overlooked Type of Defeasible Reasoning, edited by J. A. Blair and R. H. Johnson (College Publications) 31-51.
 Recent Invited Presentations:
(2014) Lookin’ good and bein’ bad.  Wake Forest University Argumentation Conference.  April.
(2013) Is informal logic really logic?  Fudan University, Shanghai, China, Dec.
(2013) Three lectures at Sun Yat-Sen University, (i) Methods of informal logic, (ii) Mill, logic and argumentation, and (iii) Arguments, politics and character.   Guangzhou, China.  Dec. 
(2012) “Studying Argumentation Behaviour: Two Elections,” Fourteenth Biennial Wake Forest Argumentation Conference, Venice, June.
(2012) “From conditions to warrants.” Institute for Philosophy of Language, New University of Lisbon, March, 2012.
(2011) “An Enquiry into the Methods of Informal Logic.” Alta Argumentation Conference, Alta, Utah, July.