An Introduction to the Special Issue on Logic, Cognition and Argumentation

Mariusz Urbański, Michiel van Lambalgen, Marcin Koszowy



In recent years we have witnessed a cognitive or ‘practical’ turn in logic [Gabbay and Woods, 2005; Urbański, 2011]. The most fundamental claim of its proponents is that logic has much to say about actual reasoning and argumentation. This cognitively-orientated logic. It acquires a new task of “systematically keeping track of changing representations of information” [van Benthem, 2008, p. 73], and, due to all the achievements of the mathematisation of logic, is fully up to this task. It also contests the claim that distinction between a descriptive and a normative account of the analysis of reasoning is disjoint and exhaustive [Gabbay and Woods, 2003, p. 37].


logic; cognition; argumentation

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van Benthem, J., 2008, “Logic and reasoning: Do the facts matter?”, Studia Logica 88, 1: 67–84. DOI:

ISSN: 1425-3305 (print version)

ISSN: 2300-9802 (electronic version)

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