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J. Anthony (Tony) Blair, Senior Research Fellow

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A graduate of McGill University and the University of Michigan, Professor Blair taught at the University of Windsor from 1967 to 2006, where he also served two terms as Philosophy Department head, was named a Distinguished University Professor and received a Faculty of Arts Career Achievement Award. Co-author of two textbooks, his Selected Papers, and numerous scholarly articles, he is also a founding editor of the journal Informal Logic, a co-founder of the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, a founding board member of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), and a co-founder of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), whose J. Anthony Blair Prize for the best student essay on an OSSA conference program was established in his honour. In 2006 he founded CRRAR, and served as its Co-Director from 2006-2009. In 2012 he received ISSA’s Distinguished Scholarship Award. 

Research Interests
Informal Logic, Argumentation Theory, Critical Thinking

Current Research:

Visual argument, the use of arguments to inquire, Encyclopedia of Argument and Argumentation.

 

Teaching Interests

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Informal Logic, Argumentation Theory, Critical Thinking

Current Research:

Visual argument, the use of arguments to inquire, Encyclopedia of Argument and Argumentation

RESEARCH INFORMATION:

Recent Funding:

  •  SSHRC learned journals grant for Informal Logic, 2014-2017, c. $50,00

Recent Publications:

Books:

  • 2013. J.A. Blair & R.H. Johnson (Eds.). Special Issue of Informal Logic in Honour of Trudy Govier. Informal Logic 33(2), 81-341.
  • 2012. Groundwork in the Theory of Argumentation: Selected Papers of J. Anthony Blair. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • 2012. J. Anthony Blair and Ralph H. Johnson (Eds.). Conductive Argument: An Overlooked Type of Defeasible Reasoning. London: College Publications. Pp. viii, 1-299.

Chapters in books:

  • 2015 (forthcoming). “Argumentation as rational persuasion.” In Georges Roque (Ed.), Persuasion et Argumentation. Paris: Classiques Garnier.
  • 2015. (forthcoming). “The ethics of argumentation.” In Ron von Burg & Igo Zagar (Eds.). Title t.b.a. Windsor, ON: Windsor Studies in Argumentation.
  • 2012. “Conductive reasoning/argument: A map of the issues.” In J. Anthony Blair and Ralph H. Johnson (Eds.). Conductive Argument: An Overlooked Type of Defeasible Reasoning, pp. 11-9. London: College Publications.
  • 2011. “Rhetoric and Argumentation.” In Ton van Haaften, Henrike Jansen, Jaap de Jong and Willem Koetsenruijter (Eds.), Bending Opinion, Essays on Persuasion in the Public Domain, pp. 95-112. Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  • 2010. “Reflections on reasoning, argument and logic.” In Chris Reed and Christopher W. Tindale (Eds.), Dialectics, Dialogue and Argumentation. An Examination of Douglas Walton's Theories of Reasoning and Argument, Ch. 14, pp.189-200. London: College Publications.

 

Articles in refereed journals:

  • 2015. (forthcoming). “Probative Norms for Multimodal Visual Arguments.” Argumentation. (Special issue on visual argumentation edited by Jens Kjeldsen.)
  • 2013. “Govier’s ‘informal logic’.” Informal Logic, 33(2): 83-97.
  • 2012. “Rhetoric, dialectic and logic as related to argument.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, 45(2): 148-164.
  • 2012. “Argumentation as rational persuasion.” Argumentation, 26(1): 71-81.
  • 2011. “The moral normativity of argumentation.” Cogency, 3(1): 13-32.
  • 2011. "Informal logic and Its early Historical Development." Studies in Logic, 4(1): 1-10. 

Recent papers published in conference proceedings:

  • 2015 (forthcoming). ”What Is Informal Logic.” Keynote address. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. University of Amsterdan. Amsterdam: Sic Sat.
  • 2014. “Are conductive arguments really not possible?” In Dima Mohammed & Marcin Lewinski (Eds.), Virtues of Argumentation, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. Windsor, ON (CD Rom).
  • 2014. “Commentary on ‘Virtues of visual argumentation’ by Jens Kjeldsen.” In Dima Mohammed & Marcin Lewinski (Eds.), Virtues of Argumentation, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. Windsor, ON (CD Rom).
  • 2012.”Arguing to and arguing with: A pluralistic approach to modeling arguing.” In Takeshi Suzuki, Takayuki Kato, Aya Kubota and Shusuke Murai (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation, The Role of Argumentation in Society, pp. 26-32. Tokyo: Japan Debate Association.
  • 2012. “A critical examination and development of Wellman’s theory of conductive argument.” 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. 1‑15. Windsor, ON (CD ROM).
  • 2011. “Logic in the Pragma-Dialectical Theory.” In F.H. van Eemeren, B. Garssen, D. Godden & G. Mitchell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. University of Amsterdan. Amsterdam: Rozenberg / Sic Sat.