Reasoning and Argumentation Lab (ArgLab) is a research lab within the Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

ArgLab is one of the leading, internationally acknowledged research centres in argumentation theory and mind and reasoning. Its basic aim is to offer a consistent philosophical perspective on the fundamental problems of human reasoning and argumentation in a way that directly enlightens crucial social problems. To this end, ArgLab investigates and develops forefront issues in argumentation theory, pragmatics, philosophy of mind and technology, meta-ethics and the philosophy of language. Across all these areas, it focuses on argumentation and decision making processes both in their linguistic and cognitive aspects, studying  the relationship between different forms of reasoning and the grounding of decisions taken under the conditions of uncertainty and value plurality. This focus allows for a situated approach, where philosophical concepts become tools for empirical investigation and social intervention in particularly salient social contexts – education, environment, healthcare, law, politics, and technology.

Thanks to its consistent research output, numerous projects (amounting to a total of over 2mln € external funding in the last 3 years) and ongoing activities, the ArgLab has gained international recognition as a centre for argumentation studies (e.g., it organised the 1st European Conference on Argumentation in 2015). It includes 17 fully integrated researchers (post-docs, research fellows, professors) and 4 PhD students. ArgLab activities are organised in two basic Research Groups:

  • ARGUMENTATION THEORY GROUP: Develops philosophical concepts and methods in argumentation theory and pragmatics, applying them to empirical research in the areas of education, environmental, medical, legal, and political communication.
  • LISBON MIND AND REASONING GROUP: Explores cognition, mind and reasoning especially in the context of 4E cognitive science which stresses the ecological and situated nature of the human mind. We contribute to the ArgLab by grounding the understanding of practical reasoning in the best current understandings of what the human mind is and how it works.



All Events

2nd ERB Project Workshop: Wittgenstein, Nature, and Religion

2nd ERB Project Workshop

July 29, 2020

Dina Mendonça 8 July, 2020

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | Why the Situated…

July 08, 2020

Dave Ward, 12 June 2020, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | Friendly Sensorimotor Generalists

June 12, 2020

Gloria Andrada (w/Robert Clowes), 3 June, 2020, 15.00h to 16.00h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | Transparency in Extended…

June 02, 2020

Alice Crary, 8 May 2020, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | Dehumanization and the Question of Animals

May 08, 2020

Alan Cienki, 17 April 2020, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | Pragmatic functions of gesture on different…

April 17, 2020

Catarina Dutilh Novaes, 13 March 2020, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | The role of trust in argumentation

March 13, 2020

Two-day Masterclass on Wittgenstein’s Epistemology of Religion

ERB Masterclass 2020

February 26, 2020

Fabrizia Garavaglia, 19 February, 2020, 12.00h to 13.00h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | A situated approach…

February 19, 2020

Florian Franken Figueiredo, 14 Feb 2020, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | Philosophy for Children and the Socratic…

February 14, 2020

Abraham Sapién, 22 January, 2020, 12.00h to 13.00

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | The Structure of…

January 22, 2020

DISARGUE Workshop 19-20 Dec 2019


December 19, 2019

Hili Razinsky, 11 December, 2019, 12.00h to 13.00h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | Interpersonal communication and…

December 11, 2019

Herman Cappelen, 6 December 2019, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | Conceptual Engineering: Under our Control?

December 06, 2019

Dima Mohammed, 15 Nov 2019, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Discursive depoliticisation: From argumentation to explanation"

November 15, 2019

Rob Vinten, 6 Nov, 2019, 12.00h to 13.00h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar | Wittgenstein, Buddhism, and…

November 06, 2019

Vito Evola, 11 October 2019, 11h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "More than words: Worldmaking and stancetaking…

October 11, 2019


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