Prof. Derek Allen

Faculty of Arts, Trinity College
Fellow Emeritus of the College
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, U of T
Gerald Larkin Building: 15 Devonshire Pl, Room 310
Tel: 416-978-2886  ext. 82886

B.A. (Philosophy & History), University of Toronto, 1969

B.Phil, now M.Phil., (Politics), University of Oxford, 1971

M.A. (Philosophy), University of Toronto, 1972

D.Phil. (Philosophy), University of Oxford, 1979

Teaching Areas:
Informal logic; ethics

Research Interests:
Classical Marxism; ethics; informal logic/argumentation theory

Selected Publications:

Allen, D. (lead author), Bailin, S., Battersby, M. & Freeman, J. Critical Thinking. In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education (2020). Oxford University Press. Online; no page numbers. Also published (minus Summary & Keywords) in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, Oxford University Press (2021). Online, no page numbers; 10,380 words rounded.
Justification in Ethics. In J. Anthony Blair & Christopher W. Tindale (Eds.), Rigour and Reason: Essays in Honour of Hans Vilhelm Hansen, 143-173 (2020).
Evidence, Persuasion and Diversity. Informal Logic, 40(2), 237-254 (2020). A slightly revised version of a keynote address given at an international virtual conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (June 2020).
Aboriginal Title and Sustainable Development: A Case Study. Forum on Public Policy, Vol. 2016, No. 2.
The Very Idea of Ethical Arguments. International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Proceedings (2014).
Trudy Govier and Premise Adequacy. Informal Logic, 33(2), 116-42 (2013).
Conductive Arguments and the Toulmin Model: A Case Study. In J.A. Blair & R.H. Johnson (Eds.), Conductive Argument: An Overlooked Type of Defeasible Reasoning, 167-90. Studies in Logic: Logic and Argumentation, Vol. 33. London: College Publications, 2011.

Awards, Affiliations, Personal Interests, etc.:
Awards include:
Rhodes Scholarship (Ontario, 1969)
3M National Teaching Fellowship (1995)
Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (Ontario, 2007)
Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award of Excellence in recognition of a sustained record of leadership and service to the University of Toronto (2013)

Affiliations include:
Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
Association for Informal Logic & Critical Thinking (President 2007-2013)

Honorary Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Notable Alumnus, University of Toronto Schools (UTS)

Derek Allen picture taken in 2019