3rd IGSAR:
Interdisciplinary Graduate School on Argumentation and Rhetoric

Argumentation and Critical Thinking Workshop
(in Polish; “Warsztaty z argumentacji i krytycznego myślenia“)

19 November 2015, Wrocław

The workshop is run by the members of an educational project called Proper Thinking carried out between 2013 and 2015 by the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists: dr. Katarzyna Kuczyńska (philosopher and educator), dr. Marcin Łazarz (philosopher and mathematician) and dr. Bartłomiej Skowron (philosopher and mathematician). 3rd IGSAR proceeds the 13th ArgDiaP conference.

Participants will receive certificates of participation in the workshop. Division into groups according to the participants’ interests and level of advancement will take place at 14.30. Participation in the workshop is free of charge; workshop enrollment is closed. The organizers provide coffee, tea and cookies during coffee breaks. We encourage the participants of the conference to also take part in the conference!

Location: Logic and Methodology of Science Department, Wrocław University, ul. Koszarowa 3/20, Wrocław.



Time Group I Group II

Who’s stronger? Game-theory analysis of power in the context of voting games

(Marcin Łazarz, sala 4)

14.30-16.00                     lunch break  
16.00-18.30 How do we systemize knowledge and reality? On the deceptive art of ordering

(Katarzyna Kuczyńska, sala 4)

What does it mean to know something? A logical and critical analysis of knowledge

(Bartłomiej Skowron, sala 5)


Marcin Łazarz: Who’s stronger? Game-theory analysis of power in the context of voting games

The workshop is an introduction to the topic of voting games. The main aim is to present and discuss two dimensions of power – the Shapley power index and the Banzhaf power index – in the context of critical thinking. From the point of view of game-theory, establishing the power of particular players is a very important issue, because the problem of creating a coalition is based on it (does a powerful player prefer coalition with another power player or with a weak player?) and the problem of fairly splitting the winnings (the powerful player should get more benefits from joining the coalition than the weak player).

Katarzyna Kuczyńska: How do we systemize knowledge and reality? On the deceptive art of ordering

The topic of the workshop will be intellectual procedures related to systematizing phenomena and objects: searching for rules, classification criteria and reflection on normative criteria in the context of the Campbell-Godhart law. These critical deliberations will expose the relationship between intellectual procedures of systematization and its social consequences. During the workshop the participants will activate and/or develop logic-analytical skills and communication-argumentation skills.

Bartłomiej Skowron: What does it mean to know something? Logical and critical analysis of knowledge
We know that 2+2=4; that good grades on your Final High School Exam are a passport to a good university; that Shrek is a big green ogre who lives in a swamp and that Wrocław is the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Are these situations the same however? How to distinguish 2+2=4 from the fact that Shrek is a big green ogre who lives in a swamp? Are there any measures which allow us to measure the quality of what we know? Do we know everything in the same way? How many ways of knowing are there? During the workshop we will try to answer these questions together (paying particular attention to logical measurements of knowledge) and to derive practical consequences of our answers i.e. guidelines for mature and critical judgment.

Organising Committee