Workshop Announcement: Perspectives on Curiosity

Workshop: Perspectives on Curiosity

Time and Place:
March 31st 2015, 9:00am-5:20pm
Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Viking Union Room 462

Abrol Fairweather (San Francisco State University)
Carlos Montemayor (San Francisco State University)
Ilhan Inan (Bogazici University)
Safiye Yigit (Bogazici University)
Kent Dunnington (Greenville College)
Nathan Ballantyne (Fordham University)

This workshop is open to anyone in the world; but please email Dennis Whitcomb in advance at if you plan to attend.

Registration is free; but again, please email Dennis Whitcomb in advance if you plan to attend.

This workshop focuses on curiosity, and all of its speakers will be presenting new work on that topic. Some of this work should be available for pre-reading by conference attendees, who will be encouraged to pre-read it.

The timing of this workshop dovetails with that of the 2015 Pacific APA, which starts the day after it in Vancouver BC, which is a short drive north of Bellingham. The workshop it is therefore something of an APA pre-conference. We encourage APA participants to add the workshop to their trips.

CFP: FEW at Wash U, Deadline Jan 16

CFP: FEW at Wash U
Posted on September 23, 2014 by Trent Dougherty
Call for Papers: Formal Epistemology Workshop 2015

May 20-22, 2015 (Wednesday to Friday)
Washington University in St. Louis

Keynote speakers:
Tom Kelly (Princeton), Jeff Horty (University of Maryland, College Park)

The Formal Epistemology Workshop will be held in connection with the 2015 meeting of the St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality (SLACRR), which will take place immediately before, from May 17-19, 2015.

There will be conference sessions all day on May 20 & 21, and in the morning on May 22.

Contributors are invited to send full papers (suitable for presenting as a 40 minute talk) to by Friday, January 16, 2015. Papers should be accompanied by abstracts of up to 300 words. Identifying information about the author(s) including obvious self-citations) should be removed from the body of the paper, but the name (and any other relevant information) should be included in the text of the e-mail.

Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review. Initial evaluation will be done anonymously. The final program will be selected with an eye towards maintaining diversity, so graduate students, people outside the tenure track, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to submit papers. Submitting the same paper to both FEW and SLACRR is permitted (though the organizers will coordinate the paper selection in order to ensure that the same paper doesn’t get presented at both conferences).

Final selection of the contributed talks will be made by March 31, 2015.

There will be childcare available for conference participants who bring their children. It will be provided on site by a local certified childcare provider.

Organizers: Kenny Easwaran (Texas A&M), Julia Staffel (Washington University in St. Louis), Mike Titelbaum (UW Madison)

Conference webpage:

CFP: 6th Annual Northwestern/Notre Dame Graduate Epistemology Conference

The 6th annual NU/ND Grad Epistemology conference will take place April 10-11, 2015, on the campus of Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN).  The keynote speaker is Declan Smithies (Ohio State), but the following text is from the call for papers.

We welcome submissions in the field of analytic epistemology, broadly construed.
Papers may be on any topic in epistemology, however, this year we especially
encourage the submission of papers in sub-fields or on topics that have received
less attention in mainstream epistemology in the past 60 years. Examples of such
sub-fields and topics are: feminist epistemology, epistemology of race and gender,
social epistemology, and so-called normative epistemology. Papers should be no
more than 4000 words (approx. 13 pages), excluding notes. Papers should be
prepared for blind review: include detachable cover page with paper’s title,
abstract, author’s name, mailing address, email, phone number, school affiliation,
and word count; please omit any self-identifying remarks within the body of the

Deadline: Papers must be received by February 7th. Papers should be emailed as
an attached PDF to the conference organizers at

Internalism = coherentism

Many epistemologists accept the mentalist version of internalism about rationality. In a slogan, this is the view that rationality supervenes on the mental states that the relevant thinker has at the relevant time.

Coherentism, as I shall understand it here, is the view that rationality requires nothing except that one’s mental states should cohere in certain ways: for it to be rational for you to have a certain belief (or other attitude) at a certain time is just for your having that belief (or attitude) at that time to be part of a system of mental states that meet all these rational requirements of coherence.

I shall argue here that given the right understanding of what “coherence” is, the only plausible form of internalism is equivalent to coherentism. Continue reading

Videos from First Conference

Held in St. Louis, November 13-15, 2014, much of interest to epistemologists. Links below:

James Sennett, Brenau University
Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University
Mark Lance, Georgetown University
Meghan Page, Baylor University
Sam Lebens, Rutgers University, Center for Philosophy of Religion
Mike Shaffer, St. Cloud State University
Dan Howard-Snyder, Western Washington University
Dan McKaughan, Boston College
Ryan Preston-Roedder, University of North Carolina

Call For Papers: Epistemic Consequentialism at the University of Kent

Epistemic Consequentialism: Problems and Prospects
25-26 June 2015 • University of Kent, Canterbury

Keynote Speakers
Julia Driver (WUSTL)
James Joyce (Michigan)
Ralph Wedgwood (USC)
Jon Williamson (Kent)

Call for Papers
Contributors are invited to submit extended abstracts (no more than one page) on the topic of consequentialist or teleological approaches to epistemology. Papers in both formal and traditional epistemology are welcome.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2015

Submit abstract in PDF format to Please remove identifying information from the abstract to allow for anonymous review. However, include identifying information in the email. The paper on which the abstract is based should be suitable for a 40-minute presentation.

Initial review of abstracts will be done anonymously. The final program will be selected with an eye to maintaining diversity. Graduate students, people outside the tenure track, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are thus especially encouraged to contribute.

Partial funding is available to support travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

If you are interested in commenting on a paper, please note that in your email. There will not be financial support for commenters, although your home institution may offer financial support for this kind of participation.

Conference Organizers
The conference is organized by Jeff Dunn (DePauw) and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij (Kent), and made possible by funds from the Leverhulme Trust, the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH), and DePauw University.

CFP: 5th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

The University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 5th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference (27th-28th May 2015). Our keynote speakers this year will be Elizabeth Fricker (Oxford) and Jennifer Nagel (Toronto). All graduate presentations will have respondents from faculty members at Edinburgh or a neighbouring university.

We are inviting graduate students to submit essays within any area of epistemology (broadly construed). Essays should be approximately 4000 words, and should be anonymised for blind review.

We would really like the conference to be representative of the graduate community and so we strongly encourage submissions from anyone working on epistemology who is a member of an under-represented group.

We will be happy to help arrange childcare for any attendees who would find it helpful. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss this, or any accessibility requirements you may have.

The deadline for submissions is 1st March 2015. For more information, including details of how to submit, please visit our conference page.

This conference is generously sponsored by the Eidyn Research Centre and the University of Edinburgh, and is supported by the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group.