Academic Bio


David Godden is an assistant professor of philosophy at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where he teaches epistemology, logic, early analytical, and critical raesoning. His areas of research interest include epistemology, theories of rationality, reasoning and argument, the theory of evidence, logic (formal and informal), the history and philosophy of logic, and the history of modern and analytic philosophy.

Dr. Godden has published on a wide variety of topics including corroborative evidence, virtue argumentation, argumentative rationality, argumentation and extended cognition, teaching rational responsibility, deep disagreement, Mill's logic, Quine's holism, common knowledge, presumption, and argumentation schemes. His articles have appeared in journals such as Argumentation, Synthese, Logos & Episteme, History & Philosophy of Logic, Topoi, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Argumentation & Advocacy, and Informal Logic.

Informal Logic

Dr. Godden is among the second generation of Canadian informal logicians, having studied under nearly all of the founding generation. He completed his undergraduate degree with Leo Groarke at Wilfrid Laurier University, his M.A. with Michael Gilbert at York University, and his Ph.D. with David Hitchcock at McMaster University. He undertook post-doctoral research with Douglas Walton at the University of Winnipeg, and later with J. Anthony Blair, Ralph Johnson and Robert C. Pinto at the University of Windsor. In 2009 Dr. Godden was invited by Frans van Eemeren to serve as J. Anthony Blair's successor on the board of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, where he is a member of the organizational committee and an editor of the proceedings of the ISSA conferences.

Doctoral Studies

Dr. Godden graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from McMaster University in 2004. His dissertation, supervised by Nicholas Griffin, was a historical and conceptual study of psychologism that addressed the theoretical question of the foundation of logical principles by considering their subject matter and semantics. Subsequently, in 2009, Godden and Griffin coauthored a paper in History & Philosophy of Logic on psychologism in Russell's account of propositions.

Postoctoral Studies

In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Godden held a post-doctoral research fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada at the University of Windsor Philosophy Department. His post-doctoral research focused on the intersection of theories of justification and accounts of rationality and doxastic change. This work examined how our theories of rational argument connect with human reasoning and the actual factors that influence individuals to adopt, hold, or change a view, especially in cases where there is an apparent break down in the rational structure of those beliefs.

In 2004, upon completing his Ph.D., Dr. Godden was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Winnipeg, where he worked with Douglas Walton on projects concerning dialectical approaches to argumentation, especially as they apply to theoretical issues in defeasible inference, argumentation schemes and fallacies, evidence, law and computing. Walton and Godden have published several papers together on topics including denying the antecedent, presumption in conversational argumentation, and the theory of argumentation schemes. In 2007, Dr. Godden guest edited a volume of Informal Logic on the work of Douglas Walton.

Previous Academic Appointments

From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Godden taught philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, first as an instructor, and from 2010 as a tenure-track assistant professor. While at ODU, Dr. Godden taught courses in epistemology, analytical philosophy, modern philosophy, philosophy of language, and introductory philosophy.

Prior to his appointment at Old Dominion University, in the academic year 2007-08, Dr. Godden returned to the University of Winnipeg Philosophy Department as a visiting assistant professor where he taught courses in formal logic, abduction and inference to the best explanation, reasoning and argument, and philosophy of mind.