John Woods








John Woods is Director of The Abductive Systems Group in the Department Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and The UBC Honorary Professor of Logic.

A Presidential Address to the Charles Sanders Peirce Society by John Woods, FRSC.
Virtue and otherwise in Peircean Abduction: Bias, fabrication , and deductive overindulgence.
Eastern Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association. Baltimore, MD. January, 2022. Click to open Presentation Copy in PDF or DOCX

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 honoris causa from Mount Allison University and a D.A. honoris causa 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 presently Vice-President of The Charles S. Peirce Society.

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, naturalized logic and epistemology, abductive logic, logics of practical reasoning, fallacy theory, conflict resolution strategies, the logic of legal reasoning, the logic of fiction, the logic of model-based reasoning, the logic of error, the logic of inconsistency management, the logic of mathematical knowledge and the history of logic.

His most recent monographs are Truth in Fiction: Rethinking its Logic, volume 391 in the Synthese Library, Cham: Springer, 2018; ISBN 978-3-319-72657-1; ISBN 978-3-319-72658-8(eBook); Errors of Reasoning: Naturalizing the Logic of Inference, volume 45 of the Studies in Logic series, London: College Publications, 2013, ISBN-10: 184901143Aristotle's Earlier Logic, 2nd edition expanded and revised, volume 53 of the Studies in Logic series, College Publications, 2014, ISBN 9781848901643; and Is Legal Reasoning Irrational? An Introduction to the Epistemology of Law, volume 2 of the Law and Society series, London: College Publications, 2015, 2nd edition expanded and revised, 2018; ISBN 97184901629. All available from and most other Amazon sites.

Other selected books:

All these works but the last are available from and most other Amazon sites.

Books in progress include:

  • A Naturalized Logic for Mathematical Knowledge

Pre-prints and drafts of selected works:

John Woods is Editor, with Dov Gabbay, of the eleven-volume Handbook of the History of Logic, published by North-Holland; Editor, with Dov Gabbay and Paul Thagard, of the sixteen-volume Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, also published by North-Holland; Editor, with Dov Gabbay, Joerg Siekmann and Johan van Benthem, of the monograph series 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 Argumentation Library published by Springer.

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