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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:
Closing date: 1st November, 2017 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]

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:

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

PhilEvents link:

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:

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:

For further inquiries, feel free to contact Kegan Shaw (conference coordinator) at:

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.