Prize Winning Essays
CALL FOR PAPERS: AILACT invites submissions for the annual AILACT Essay Prize in Informal Logic, Critical Thinking, and Argumentation Theory. Click here for details
2021 “ Identifying linked and convergent argument structures: a problem unsolved“, by Shiyang Yu & Frank Zenker
2020 “ Argumentative Bullshit“, by José Gascón. Honourable mention: Shiyang Yu, Frank Zenker, “A Dialectical View on Conduction: Reasons, Warrants, and Normal Suasory Inclinations”. A longer version of this essay was published in Informal Logic, vol 39(1), 2019.
2019 “ Fantastic Visual Argument and the Food and Drug Administration’s The Real Cost Campaign” by Jacob Justice, Department of Communication Studies, the University of Kansas.
2018 No award made.
2017 “Informal Logic’s Infinite Regress” by Gilbert Plumer.
2016 “ Conductive argument as a mode of strategic maneuvering” by Yun Xie, Institute of Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
2015 No award made.
2014 “ Virtues, Evidence, and ” by Ad Hominem Arguments Patrick Bondy. Honourable mentions: José Gascón: “Arguing as a virtuous arguer would argue,” and Gilbert Plumer: “On novels as arguments.”
2013 “ Critical thinking and debiasing” by Tim Kenyon, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, ON, and Guillaume Beaulac, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
2012 “ Libri ad nauseam: The critical thinking textbook glut” Ben Hamby, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton ON [ ] Paideusis version
2011 “ What a real argument is” Ben Hamby, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton ON [ ] Informal Logic version
2010 “ Is ‘Argument’ subject to the process/product ambiguity?” Geoff Goddu, Department of Philosophy, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA. [ ] Informal Logic version (
2010 Honourable mention: “ Toulmin’s ‘Analytic Arguments’.” Ben Hamby, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton ON.) [ ] Informal Logic version
2009 “ Truth and Argument Evaluation” Patrick Bondy, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON [ ] Informal Logic version
2009 “ The importance of belief in argumentation” David M. Godden, Department of Philosophy, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA [ Synthese version]
2008 No award made.
2007 “ What is a ‘Real’ Argument?” Geoff Goddu, Department of Philosophy, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA [ ] Informal Logicversion
2006 “ Generic Critical Thinking Infusion and Course Content Learning in Introductory Psychology” Tom Solon, Department of Psychology & Philosophy, Danville Area Community College [ Journal of Instructional Psychology version]
2005 “ Formal Logic for Informal Logicians“ David Sherry, Department of Philosophy, Northern Arizona University [ ] Informal Logic version
2004 “ A Defence of Non-deductive Reconstruction of Analogical Arguments” Marcello Guarini, Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor [ ] Informal Logic version