teorema Essay Prize for Young Scholars 2017

The Spanish Philosophy journal teorema is pleased to announce an essay com-petition for young scholars. The winner will receive 1500.00 €, and the essay will be published and acknowledged as winner in the journal.

Topic: Knowledge-First Epistemology and Decision Theory.

According to a recent idea developed by the approach known as “knowledge-first epistemology”, the evidence available to a subject at a time t consists of the propositions the subject knows. Together with the view that the rationality of an action is a matter of the evidence available to the agent, the result is that rational action requires knowledge. Is this a defensible view of rational action? If it is not, what is the connection between rational action and belief? Does rational action require rational belief? Does it require less than that: is perhaps mere belief sufficient to rationalize action? More generally, what are the connections between justification, rationality and excusability of both actions and beliefs?

Applicants must be under 35 on the closing date of the competition. Entries must be in English or Spanish, and not exceed 8000 words in length, notes and references included. All entries will be deemed submissions to teorema, and all quality submissions will be considered for publication. Entries must not have been published before, or be under consideration by other journals.

All entries, prepared for blind review, will be submitted electronically both in doc and pdf format, and addressed to the Editor, indicating “teorema Essay Prize” in the subject heading.

Entries will be judged by a panel of reputed scholars appointed by teorema. Their decision will be final.

Address for submissions: teorema@uniovi.es
Closing date: 1st November, 2017
www.unioviedo.es/ Teorema

CFP: Knowledge and Justification: New Perspectives (Special Issue of Synthese)

Guest Editor: Rodrigo Borges, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, PUCRS.

Special Issue Description: This special issue aims at updating the philosophical scholarship on knowledge and justification with new, cutting edge work in epistemology. Although the analysis of knowledge and justification has been an obsession of epistemologists since Plato’s Theaetetus, much progress can still be made in our understanding of how those concepts relate to other epistemological concepts (e.g., does knowing entail safety?) and to each other (e.g., does knowledge entail justification?). This special issue is searching for work featuring new perspectives on these and other issues of interest such as the regress problem, the internalism/externalism debate, Cartesian skepticism, the question of whether knowledge is a mental state different from belief, and the question of whether justification/knowledge is partially determined by pragmatic factors.

Appropriate Topics for Submission include, among others:
• epistemic internalism;
• epistemic externalism;
• knowledge;
• epistemic justification;
• coherentism;
• foundationalism;
• infinitism;
• perceptual justification/knowledge;
• inferential justification/knowledge;
• epistemic norms;
• ancient skepticism;
• cartesian skepticism;
• Moore’s paradox;
• dogmatism;
• cognitive virtues/vices;
• knowledge as a mental state;
• fallibilism vs. infallibilism;
• the easy knowledge problem;
• knowledge from falsehood;
• pragmatic encroachment;
• know how;
• the epistemological role of intuitions.

For further information, please contact the guest editor: epistemen[at]gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is: September 1st, 2017.

XIth Annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop

St. Louis, MO, September 15-16, 2017.

The Midwest Epistemology Workshop (MEW) aims to advance interest in epistemology by organizing an annual workshop for the presentation and discussion of current work in the field. MEW also aims to establish a sense of community among epistemologists in the region that stimulates new research, improves its quality, and facilitates its dissemination. To this end, the workshop will be organized to encourage as much discussion and interaction as possible among the participants. Although workshops will typically be hosted by a college or university in the Midwest, all philosophers with an interest in epistemology are invited and encouraged to attend.

Saint Louis University will be hosting the 11th annual meeting of the Midwest Epistemology Workshop on Sept 15 – Sept 16, 2017.

Keynote and other Invited Speakers
Our keynote speaker will be Katalin Farkas from Central European University.

Tim Crane, also now at Central European University, will give a second special talk this year.

Our speakers for the regular program are:

Kathryn Lindeman (Saint Louis University)
Jon Kvanvig (Washington University in St. Louis)
Bruce Russell (Wayne State)
Stephen Biggs (Iowa State)
Julianne Chung (Louisville)

There is a website for the conference as well.

Winners of the Young Epistemologist Prize 2017

The winners of the Young Epistemologist Prize 2017 are:

Christopher Kelp (KU Leuven): “Inquiry and the Transmission of Knowledge”

Miriam Schoenfield (NYU/MIT): “Permissivism and the Value of Rationality”

The papers will be presented at the Rutgers Epistemology Conference, May 5 & 6 and will be published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. All are welcome to attend the Rutgers Epistemology Conference. Details about the conference can be found here: http://www.susannaschellenberg.org/Rutgers_Epistemology_Conference/Program.html

CFP: 8th Annual Notre Dame/Northwestern Graduate Epistemology Conference

The 8th Annual Notre Dame/Northwestern Graduate Epistemology Conference will take place on April 28-29th, 2017, at the University of Notre Dame. This year, our keynote speaker is Peter Graham (U.C. Riverside).

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017. We welcome submissions in the field of analytic epistemology, broadly construed. Papers may be on any topic in epistemology. Papers should be no more than 4000 words (approx. 13 pages), excluding notes. Submissions longer than 4000 words will not be considered; please include a word count on your paper.

Papers should be prepared for blind review: include detachable cover page with paper’s title, abstract, author’s name, mailing address, email, phone number, and school affiliation; please omit any self-identifying remarks within the body of the paper. Papers should be emailed as an attached PDF to the conference organizers at nundgradconf@gmail.com.

PhilEvents link: https://philevents.org/event/show/28406

CFP: 7th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

The 7th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference will take place 19th-20th June 2017. This year’s keynote speakers will be Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (University of Michigan) and Ram Neta (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). All graduate presentations will have respondents from faculty members at Edinburgh or a neighbouring university.

We invite graduate students to submit essays within any area of epistemology (broadly construed). Essays should be under 4000 words, anonymised for blind review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Essays should be submitted no later than Feb. 15, 2017 (23:55 GMT) through our EasyChair page here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=egec7

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.

For more information please visit our conference page: http://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/philosophy/events/7th-annual-edin-graduate-epistemology-conference

For further inquiries, feel free to contact Kegan Shaw (conference coordinator) at: kj.shaw@ed.ac.uk.

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

2016 Midwest Epistemology Workshop

UPDATE 8/24: A few days remain before the reduced rate for accommodation expires (see below). Act soon!

The Tenth Annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop (MEW) will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on September 30 and October 1, 2016.  Hosted by John Bengson and Mike Titelbaum, and open to everyone in the world, the workshop will feature presentations by:

Paul Boghossian (NYU, keynote)
Dana Tulodziecki (Purdue)
David Sosa (UT-Austin)
Brian Kim (Oklahoma State)
Billy Dunaway (UMSL)
Imogen Dickie (Toronto)
Avery Archer (George Washington)
Carrie Swanson (Iowa) and Margaret Atherton (UW-Milwaukee) in a panel on Epistemology and its History

Participants at large include:

David Alexander (Iowa State)
Julianne Chung (Louisville)
Sinan Dogramici (UT-Austin)
Sophie Horowitz (Rice/UMass-Amherst)
Dan Korman (Illinois-UC)
Jack Lyons (Arkansas)
Declan Smithies (Ohio State)

Schedule: MEW sessions will begin on Friday morning, September 30 and conclude in the evening on Saturday, October 1.  Saturday night will feature a special MEW tenth anniversary banquet at Cento, one of Madison’s premiere restaurants.  Prof. Boghossian will also be giving a public lecture “Should we be moral relativists?” at 5pm the afternoon of Thursday, September 29.  MEW attendees arriving early are encouraged to attend.

Registration and conference dinner: There is no cost for the conference, but attendees are required to register by e-mailing titelbaum@gmail.com.  When you register, please indicate whether you will attend the anniversary banquet.  The cost is $45 per person for faculty and $25 for students.  (This includes dinner, dessert, and wine.)  Banquet seats are limited, and will be allocated to those who reply soonest.

Accommodation: A limited number of rooms have been set aside at two local hotels for conference attendees.  The Graduate is closer to the conference venue (Helen C. White Hall), but is more expensive than the InnTowner Madison.  To reserve a room at The Graduate, call them and mention the “Midwest Epistemology Workshop”, or use this link with booking code “MEG092916”.  To reserve a room at the InnTowner, use Group Code “PHIL16”.  Reservations at either location must be made by August 28.

Financial assistance: We would very much like to encourage participation by graduate students and other philosophers not in the tenure stream.  Please contact us to discuss various ways of relieving the financial burdens of attendance, including (but not limited to) finding local students with whom you could room for the event.

Accessibility, etc.: All venues are wheelchair accessible, and a variety of diets can be accommodated.  Please e-mail with other accessibility concerns; we will do our best to find solutions.  We are also happy to work with parents on finding childcare, space for nursing, and other related needs.  Note, however, that it’s much easier for us to address these needs with ample advance noticeat least two weeks, and preferably much more than that.

 

 

Minsun Kim and Yuan Yuan: “Cross-Cultural Universality of Knowledge Attributions”

New paper by Kim and Yuan: pdf.

Abstract:

We selected three effects of knowledge attribution recently reported about English speakers, i.e., (1) ceteris paribus people are less willing to ascribe knowledge for true beliefs based on probabilistic evidence than for true beliefs based on perceptual evidence; (2) ceteris paribus people are less willing to ascribe knowledge for true beliefs based on apparent evidence than for true beliefs based on authentic evidence even in Gettierized scenarios; and (3) ceteris paribus people are more willing to attribute knowledge to a protagonist when she engages in harmful activities than when she engages in beneficent activities even in Gettierized scenarios. And we translated the materials used in these existing studies into Chinese and Korean and then ran the studies with participants in China and South Korea. Strikingly, all three of the effects that had been found with Western participants also emerged with participants from these other cultures. Drawing on these results, we argue that it is time for a pivot in our more meta-philosophical discussions, namely, we should start systematically theorizing about the rather extraordinary cross-cultural similarities (instead of unfounded divergences) in people’s epistemic intuitions.