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Past Visiting Researchers


Minghui Xiong


Prof. Dr. XIONG Minghui, is Full Professor and Vice-Director of the Institute of Logic and Cognition at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, P.R. China.

Trudy Govier

CRRAR Distinguished Visiting Researcher

Trudy Govier is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge. She has been active in the field of informal logic and argumentation studies for many years and is the author of the widely used text, A Practical Study of Argument (seven editions) and several collections including The Philosophy of Argument (1999).  Govier also writes in the area of social philosophy and takes a keen interest in issues pertaining to peace and conflict. She has been active in the not-for-profit sector and is known for her ability to relate philosophical themes to real world practical problems.


Dr. Nathan Houser


Dr. Christian Plantin


Prof. Rongdong Jin

Professor of logic, Department of Philosophy/Centre for Research in Knowledge and Action, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Prof. Jin graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from East China Normal University in 1998. He specializes in Chinese philosophy (especially, language and logic in ancient China), informal logic, and critical thinking. He has published several books, including A Brief History of Legalism (1995, 2001), A Study of Li Dazhao's Philosophy (2000), What Can Logics Do? Reflections on Logics in Contemporary China from a Perspective of Modernity (2005). In 2005, he became an enlisted professor for the Program of New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education, the P.R.C.. He is a vice-chair of the Committee of History of Chinese Logic, The Chinese Association of Logic since 2007.

Sponsored by China Scholarship Council, Prof. Jin will work at the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric as a visiting research scholar from September 2009 to August 2010. His research projects during this period are (1) to address some philosophical issues of informal logic, such as the notion of rationality, the concept of knowledge and the concept of rule presupposed by informal logicians; (2) to consider the possibility of reconstructing ancient Chinese logic in terms of informal logic.

Dr. Fabrizio Macagno

Born in Cuneo, Italy, on October 14th, 1979, Fabrizio Macagno graduated in 2003 from l’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. He specialized in linguistics and communication, and defended a master thesis in Linguistics on the topic of presupposition. In 2008 he defended his PhD dissertation, The Argumentative Uses of Definition. He teaches at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and collaborates as a consultant with an international law firm, Martinez & Novebaci.


Cristián Santibáñez

Cristián SantibáñezVisiting CRRAR Researcher meets University of Windsor President Ross Paul at CRRAR's Inaugural Reception, March 14, 2007.

Forging Research Partnerships in Chile
Dr. Cristián Santibáñez, Professor of Linguistics Center of Argumentation Studies Diego Portales University, Chile presented his paper Recurrent Argumentative Strategies in Political Chilean Discourse to the Centre in March 2007.


Takuzo Konishi

Takuzo Konishi (PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and graduate of Windsor's MA program in Philosophy) interviewed CRRAR researchers for his doctoral research project on the oral history of contemporary argumentation theory.


Michael Leff

From February 25-27, the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric hosted Dr. Michael Leff, Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis, as a visiting research scholar.  Dr. Leff had individual discussions with members of CRRAR, gave a lecture open to students and the public, and participated in a roundtable.


Thomas Gordon

Dr. Thomas F. Gordon is a computer scientist and lawyer at Fraunhofer FOKUS in Berlin, where he conducts research on governance technology and related topics, including artificial intelligence and law, legal rule-based systems, legal informatics and computational models of legal argumentation. The goal of this research is to provide software tools for tasks in the policy life cycle: agenda setting, analysis, policy development and legislation, implementation (including administrative rule making and electronic service delivery), and monitoring.