John Woods is Director of The Abductive Systems Group in the
University of British Columbia
and The UBC Honorary Professor of Logic.
From 2000 to 2012 he held the Charles S. Peirce Professorship of Logic in the Group on Logic and Computational Sciences, Department of Informatics,
King’s College London.
John Woods graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and completed his Ph.D in Philosophy under Arthur Burks at the University of Michigan in 1965. He holds an LL.D
from Mount Allison University and a D.A.
from the University of Lethbridge. Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal. He is a Life member of the Association of Fellows of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and President Emeritus of the University of Lethbridge, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.
John Woods has held regular or visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, Stanford University, Laurentian University, University of Victoria, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, King’s College London and Sun Yat-sen University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Calgary from 1976-1979 and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge from 1979-1986.
Current interests include abductive logic, logics of practical reasoning, fallacy theory, conflict resolution strategies, legal reasoning, the logic of error, philosophical methods, the logic of fiction and the history of logic.
His most recent book is Errors of Reasoning: Naturalizing the Logic of Inference, volume 45 of the Studies in Logic series, London: College Publications, 2013, ISBN-10: 1848901143.
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Other selected books:
and Paraconsistency: Conflict Resolution in the Abstract Sciences,
and New York: Cambridge University Press
2003, ISBN 0 521 81094 9 (HB),
ISBN 0521 00934 0 (PB)
Relevance: A Study in Formal Pragmatics (with Dov
M. Gabbay), volume
1 of A Practical Logic of Cognitive Systems,
2003, ISBN 0 444 51385 X
Rise of Modern Logic: Leibniz
to Frege (co-edited with Dov M. Gabbay), volume
3 of Handbook of
History of Logic, Amsterdam: Elsevier/North-Holland 2004,
Critical Thinking, Logic and the Fallacies, (with
and Douglas Walton), 2nd Revised Edition, Toronto: Prentice-Hall 2004,
Death of Argument: Fallacies in Agent-Based Reasoning,
Dordrecht and Boston: Kluwer 2004, ISBN 1-4020-2663-3.
The Reach of Abduction: Insight and Trial, (with
Dov M. Gabbay), volume 2 of A Practical Logic of Cognitive
Systems, Amsterdam: Elsevier/North-Holland 2005, ISBN:
Logic and the Modalities in the Twentieth Century (co-edited
with Dov M. Gabbay) volume 7 of the
Handbook of the History
of Logic, Amsterdam: Elsevier/North-Holland,
2006, ISBN-13: 978-0-444-51622-0
The Many Valued and Nonmonotonic Turn in Logic (co-edited
with Dov M. Gabbay) volume 8 of the
Handbook of the History
of Logic, Amsterdam: North-Holland 2007 ISBN:
Fallacies: Selected Papers 1972-1982 (with Douglas
Walton), 2nd edition, with a Foreward by Dale Jacquette, London:
College Publications. 2007. Originally
published in 1989
Logic from Russell to Church (co-edited with Dov M. Gabbay), volume 5 of Handbook of the History
of Logic. Amsterdam: Elsevier/North-Holland 2009, ISBN 978-0-444-51620-6
The Logic of Fiction, 2nd edition, with a Foreword by Nicholas Griffin,
. Originally published in 1974.
Fictions and Models: New Essays edited, with a Foreword by Nancy Cartwright, London: College Publications 2010. ISBN 978-3-88405-099-6.
All these works but the last are available from amazon.com, amazon.ca and most other Amazon sites.
Books soon to appear:
Aristotle’s Earlier Logic, 2nd revised edition to appear with College Publications of London in 2014.
Books in progress include:
How Not to Make Our Ideas Clear: An Essay on Paradigm Creep
Pre-prints and drafts of selected works:
Woods is Editor, with
Gabbay, of the eleven-volume
of the History of Logic, published by
North-Holland; Editor, with
Thagard, of the sixteen-volume
of the Philosophy of Science,
published by North-Holland; Editor,
with Dov Gabbay, Joerg Siekmann and Johan van Benthem, of the monograph
Logic and Cognitive Systems,
published by College Publications: Editor, with Trevor Bench-Capon,
P.M. Dung, Marcello Guarini, Ulrike Hahn and Fabio Paglieri, of the monograph series
Studies in Logic and Argumentation,
also appearing with College Publications; and Editor, with Frans van
Eemeren, Scott Jacobs and Erik C.W. Krabbe, of the monograph series
Library published by Springer.