The 1st European Conference on Argumentation

June 09-12, 2015

The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a new pan-European initiative launched in 2013 aiming to consolidate and advance various streaks of research into argumentation and reasoning. ECA is organised every other year at a different European location, starting with the ECA Lisbon 2015 conference hosted in Portugal by the ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa. While based in Europe, ECA involves and further encourages participation from argumentation scholars all over the world.

The 1st European Conference on Argumentation: Argumentation and Reasoned Action,

9-12 June 2015

The primary idea behind this first edition of the conference is that argumentation and reasoning are the main vehicles for our decisions and actions. They accompany, indeed constitute, a variety of significant social practices: from individual practical reasoning, small group decisions, deliberations of official bodies in various institutional contexts, to large-scale political and social deliberations. Argumentation is understood here as a mode of action – and not just any action, but a reasoned action, comprised of consideration of reasons (whether they are good or bad). Traditionally, argumentation has been assigned many distinct functions: epistemic, moral, conversational, etc. The aim of the conference is to explore how these functions are interrelated with the practical need for deciding on a course of action. Simply put, our chief concern is with the role argumentation and reasoning play when the question of “what to do?” is addressed.


Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Discourse Analysis, University of Central Lancashire & University of Lancaster, UK

Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK

General Programme:

June 9, Tuesday:

16:00-17:00 – Registration
17:00-17:30 – Official opening
17:30-19:00 – keynote 1: John R. Searle
19:00-20:00 – Opening reception

June 10, Wednesday:

9:00-11:15 – conference presentations
11:15-11:45 – coffee break
11:45-13:15 – keynote 2: Isabela & Norman Fairclough
13:15-14:30 – lunch
14:30-15:30 – conference presentations
15:30-16:00 – coffee break
16:00-18:00 – conference presentations
18:00-19:30 – reception

June 11, Thursday:

9:00-11:30 – conference presentations
11:30-12:00 – coffee break
12:00-13:00 – poster presentations
13:00-14:30 – lunch
14:30-16:30 – conference presentations
17:00-20:00 – Lisbon trip + reception

June 12, Friday:

9:00-11:15 – conference presentations
11:15-11:45 – coffee break
11:45-13:15 – keynote 3: Simon Parsons
13:15-14:30 – lunch
14:30-16:00 – conference presentations
16:00-16:30 – coffee break
16:30-18:00 – conference presentations
19:30-22:00 – conference dinner


More at http://ecargument.org/

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