Douglas Neil Walton (1942 - 2020)

Erik Krabbe and Bart Verheij

Douglas Neil (Doug) Walton, a Canadian philosopher, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on June 2, 1942; he died in Windsor, Ontario, on January 3, 2020. He contributed extensively and influentially to the field of informal logic and the theory of argumentation. His work inspired many by its broad and deep coverage of key themes in the field, such as the nature and classification of fallacies, of argumentation schemes, and of dialogue types. Any attempt by us to detail the various themes and subjects studied and shaped by Walton is bound to be incomplete because of the sheer abundance of his publications: We counted thus far 519 publications (62 books—among them 44 monographs, 275 journal articles, 59 contributions to books, 56 contributions to conference proceedings, and 67 reviews). In all of his works he combined a philosophical, logical, and theoretical point of view with a keen interest in real world practices and occurrences, expressing his insights in a down-to-earth way, and illustrating them by many attractive examples and case studies.

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Krabbe, E.C.W., & Verheij, B. (2021). Douglas Neil Walton (1942 - 2020). Argumentation 35 (3), 513-518.

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