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Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by


Dr. David Godden

Michigan State University


“Theorizing Testimony in Argumentative Contexts”

Abstract: Standardly the testimonial acceptance of some claim, p, is analyzed as some subject, S, accepting that p on the basis of another’s say-so. Emerging work in social epistemology offers competing theories of the epistemic operation of testimony and testimonial acceptance. Yet, characteristic differences between argumentative and non-argumentative conversational and inferential contexts—specifically disagreement—would seem to indicate that the probative demands on testimony should vary dramatically depending on its context of use. Furthermore, given our practices of testimonial acceptance, these contextual differences favor some theoretical accounts of the epistemic operation of testimony over others.

Yet, conversational contexts characterized by dissent, disagreement, doubt, or mistrust seem to make very different acceptability demands on testimony than do those of, say, information-seeking contexts characterized by widespread agreement together with occasional but salient differences in agents’ information-states. These differences call for more demanding adequacy requirements for testimonial acceptability in argumentative versus non-argumentative contexts.


Friday, October 20, 2017

3:00 pm

Memorial Hall, Room 105


All are welcome



PhD in Argumentation Studies Presents:


Franz H. van Eemeren

Argumentation Theory and Argumentative Practices:

A Vital but Complex Theory

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday September 28th, 2017

Katzman Lounge, University of Windsor

A reception will follow the lecture