Keynote Speakers

Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Ulrike Hahn’s research covers a range of cognitive phenomena such as judgement and decision making, language acquisition, concept acquisition and similarity. She is a leading specialist in the field of experimental approaches to argumentation with extensive expertise on Bayesian models of argument and the cognitive features of convincing arguments.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Sally Jackson has developed her research programme as a systematic investigation of communicative design. She has greatly contributed to the study of normative pragmatics by focusing on the role of interaction and conversational features of argumentative exchanges in her account of argumentation as design.


Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Dan Sperber

Dan Sperber has devoted his research to the study of cultural, social and cognitive features of human nature. He is the co-author of one of the most influential theories in pragmatics, Relevance Theory, and the main initiator of the study of epistemic vigilance, which are both key theoretical explorations of the relationship between understanding and believing. In his latest work he developed the argumentative theory of reasoning, which articulates the fundamentally social dimension of human reasoning.


University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Johan van Benthem’s work has decisively influenced the international landscape of the study of logic for nearly 40 years. His research, broadly conducted as a systematic study of human reason, has covered all areas of logic and has many times extended its scope to explore issues in neighbouring disciplines such as mathematics, linguistics, game theory and cognitive science. His latest projects have been devoted to logic and information dynamics.