Workshop information

AREW will be a two-day workshop bringing together people who are interested in analogical reasoning across the spectrum from the practical to the theoretical.

Every day reasoning is rife with reasoning by analogy, and yet, despite this, analogical reasoning remains an under-developed area of study by logicians and others interested in the formal properties of correct reasoning. When is a piece of reasoning properly called analogical? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for reasoning by analogy to be successful? Is all reasoning analogical, since even a formally valid argument can be said to be valid because it is analogical in form to all other valid arguments of the same form? These questions form one dimension of consideration in this workshop.

Another dimension of consideration is the cultural: Do people from different cultures have different standards against which analogies and analogical reasoning is measured? Or is there a transcultural dimension to reasoning that flows across the East/West divide? We hope by bringing together researchers with expertise in formal models of analogical reasoning and those who study analogical reasoning in historical and cultural contexts we can begin an exciting and fruitful conversation.


November 24-25, 2014.

Invited speakers

  • Tarek R. Besold, Universität Osnabrück
  • Andrea Bréard, Universität Heidelberg
  • Gilles Richard, Paul Sabatier University
  • Sabine Rommevaux, Université Paris 7


Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg

Practical information


Sara L. Uckelman, Universität Heidelberg.

Local contact

Andrea Bréard, Universität Heidelberg


Seminarzentrum D2, Room 3
Bergheimer Str. 58A
Gebäude 4311
69115 Heidelberg


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