Advice on the Logic of Argument


  • John Woods University of British Columbia



Informal logic, argument, dialogues


Since its modern inception in the early 1970s, informal logic has placed a special emphasis on the analysis of fallacies and argumentative dialogue schemes. Concurrent developments in speech communication circles exhibit a like concentration on the dialectical character of argument.

Author Biography

John Woods, University of British Columbia

John Woods is Director of The Abductive Systems Group in the Department Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and The UBC Honorary Professor of Logic.

From 2000 to 2012 he held the Charles S. Peirce Professorship of Logic in the Group on Logic and Computational Sciences, Department of Informatics, King’s College London.

John Woods graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and completed his Ph.D in Philosophy under Arthur Burks at the University of Michigan in 1965. He holds an LL.D honoris causa from Mount Allison University and a D.A. honoris causa from the University of Lethbridge. Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal. He is a Life member of the Association of Fellows of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and President Emeritus of the University of Lethbridge, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.

John Woods has held regular or visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, Stanford University, Laurentian University, University of Victoria, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, King’s College London and Sun Yat-sen University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Calgary from 1976-1979 and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge from 1979-1986.

Current interests include abductive logic, logics of practical reasoning, fallacy theory, conflict resolution strategies, legal reasoning, the logic of error, philosophical methods, the logic of fiction and the history of logic.

His most recent book is Errors of Reasoning: Naturalizing the Logic of Inference, volume 45 of the Studies in Logic series, London: College Publications, 2013, ISBN-10: 1848901143. Available from, and most other Amazon sites.



How to Cite

Woods, J. (2013). Advice on the Logic of Argument. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (1), 7–34.




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