The Second ArgDiaP Conference
“Critical Thinking and Rhetoric” (the Polish edition)
14 March 2009
Warsaw, ul. Dewajtis 5, room 217
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw

An argumentation process can be studied from (at least) two perspectives: its correctness and effectiveness. By the correctness we usually understand the criterion of argumentation’s evaluation related to the question in what degree arguments support a disputable claim. Whereas the effectiveness refers to the question in what degree the arguments change an audience’s mind.
In which fields of science are such studies conducted? We may point out (at least) four: logic, critical thinking, rhetoric and eristic. The correctness of an argumentation is a subject of research covered with the first two disciplines. However, the critical thinking extends the scope of research on the argumentation processes which traditionally are not tackled by logic (e.g. appeal to expert opinion).
In case of the remaining two disciplines, the effectiveness of an argumentation is analyzed. However, rhetoric also demands that an argumentation have to be executed with honest intentions. Observe that in everyday practice the criteria of correctness and effectiveness may have nothing in common.
On our next meeting we are going to focus on the two fields mentioned above – the critical thinking and the rhetoric. Therefore, we will be interested in topics related to the correctness and the effectiveness of the argumentation process.




Chairman: Magdalena Kacprzak
11.15 – 11.30 Katarzyna Budzyńska: Welcome
11.30 – 12.30 Ryszard Wójcicki: Explicatory argumentation
12.30 – 12.45 coffee break
12.45 – 13.45 Katarzyna Budzyńska: Does formal logic describe deductive argumentation? Validity of circular reasoning
13.45 – 15.00 lunch

Chairman: Marek Porwolik
15.00 – 15.45 Ewa Bogusz-Bołtuć: Critical thinking online
15.45 – 16.00 coffee break
16.00 – 17.00 Maria Załęska: Contrastive rhetoric and the problem of argumentation’s effectiveness

Organizing and Programme Committee

  • Katarzyna Budzyńska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw) – contact: k.budzynska (at)
  • Magdalena Kacprzak (Bialystok University of Technology)
  • Paweł Rembelski (Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology)
  • Marta Rostek (School of Commerce and Law)
  • Paweł Skonieczny (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw)