Special Issue – Informal Logic: Reason & Rhetoric in the Time of Alternative Facts


Informal Logic invites submissions for a special issue on “Reason & Rhetoric in the Time of Alternative Facts”. This issue aims to analyze, explain, and critique instances of argumentation connected to the campaign, election, and presidency of Donald Trump, as well as associated issues such as the concept of “post-truth” emerging from the Brexit campaigns. We believe that argumentation theory can help in forming answers to some of the questions that events around the new U.S. president open-up.

Trump has adopted a distinctive approach to argumentation that is especially worth studying now that it is stemming from the highest political office in the United States. In terms of both form and content, the written and verbal argumentation coming from the current president, as well as official Whitehouse communications—including the whitehouse.gov website— constitute rich material to engage argumentation scholars. Equally interesting are, for example, issues surrounding the way the press deals/dealt with and reacts to the new president and the argumentative and rhetorical choices made by his adversaries during and after the presidential campaign.

This issue of Informal Logic welcomes contributions from both theorizers and practitioners in the expanding field of argumentation studies, including, but not limited to, scholars in Informal Logic, Rhetoric, Pragma-Dialectics, Communication Studies, and Critical Thinking.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

● Argument Schemes in White-House Communications
● The (In)Effectiveness of Trump Speeches
● Comparisons of Contemporary and Past Instances of Whitehouse Argumentation
● Governmental Multimodal Argumentation
● Fallacies, Blunders, and False News
● Post-truth Premises and Conclusions
● Trump, Clinton, and Ethos
● Audiences in the Presidential Campaign
● The Ethical Dimensions of Public Argument
● Trump and the News
● Quantitative Studies on Argumentation around Trump
● Trump and the Virtues of Argument
● Trump as a Diplomat
● Using Trump to Teach Critical Thinking