The Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA) is holding its annual conference at the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) on May 22-25, 2013. This year, the theme of the conference is “Virtues of Argumentation.”

Keynote speakers include Daniel H. Cohen, Marianne Doury and G. Thomas Goodnight. Other speakers include Anthony Blair, Frans van Eemeren, Robert Ennis, James Freeman, Trudy Govier, Leo Groarke, Donald Hatcher, Ralph Johnson, Robert Pinto, Robert Rowland, Harvey Siegel, Jean Wagemans, Douglas Walton, and many other thought leaders in the field from around the globe.

I have been invited to provide commentary on a paper by Dmitri Bokmelder on the subject of “Cognitive biases and logical fallacies.” Here is the abstract of his paper:

Cognitive biases identified in psychology are indications of imperfect reasonableness of human minds. A biased person will reason wrongly without realizing it. Argumentation theory should take the findings of cognitive psychology into consideration for two reasons. First, the biases registered by psychologists will help create a more comprehensive inventory of fallacious reasoning patterns. Second, some cognitive biases may explain why a person is reasoning fallaciously.

For additional program abstracts, directions to the conference site, local accommodations and fees, visit the OSSA page (http://www.uwindsor.ca/ossa/). Registration should be open some time in March.

See you there!