University of Geneva 25-26 April 2008
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2008 See below the fold for details.
Recent work in the philosophy of knowledge has lead to a rediscovery – or a rethinking – of the relationships between knowledge and action. What is the role of knowledge in the explanation of action and in practical reasoning? To what extent do knowers have to be agents and can knowledge be defined in relation to what the knower does? Are beliefs and judgements in some sense actions? Are there connexions between epistemic reasons and practical reasons, and if there are, what are they? Is there a difference between knowledge and the activity of inquiry? These are, in a sense, traditional questions, which have also a long record within the pragmatist tradition, from Peirce and Ramsey to Isaac Levi, and which can be examined from many angles, from epistemology to philosophy of mind and issues about practical reasoning or meta-ethics.
The conference will follow a one week visit of John Greco (Saint Louis) in the University of Geneva (21-26 April), and will include a symposium on his work.
* Fabian Dorsch (Fribourg) Rationality and The Limits of Epistemic Agency
* Olav Gjelsvik (Oslo) Action, Agency and Knowledge
* John Greco (Saint Louis) Knowledge as Success Through Ability
* Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA) Two Kinds of Agency
* Roger Pouivet (Nancy) Moral and Epistemic Virtues: a Thomistic Perspective
* Joëlle Proust (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris) Epistemic agency : an empiricist proposal
* Claudine Tiercelin (Paris XII, Institut Jean Nicod, Fordham) Knowledge, Agency and Inquiry
Papers are invited on any of the topics of the conference :
1) mental action and the voluntariness of judgment
2) epistemic agency and the role of agents in knowledge and justification
3) the implications of virtue epistemology for epistemic agency
4) knowledge and practical reasoning
In addition, one half-day will be devoted to the epistemology of John Greco. Papers discussing his work are invited as well.
The EXTENDED deadline for submission is MARCH 9th 2008. Notifications of acceptance will be made no later than March 16th.
Abstracts of no more than 1000 words *suited for anonymous review* should be sent to Julien Dutant (Julien.Dutant@lettres.unige.ch).
Notifications of acceptance will be made not later than March 17th.
A few bursaries covering accommodation costs will be offered for graduates and junior researchers. Applicants should provide a justifying letter with their abstract submission.
* Fabian Dorsch (Fribourg and Geneva)
* Julien Dutant (Geneva)
* Pascal Engel (Geneva)
* John Greco (Saint Louis)
* Anne Meylan (Geneva and Neuchâtel)
* Roger Pouivet (Nancy)
* Joëlle Proust (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)
The conference is organised by Prof. P. Engel’s Episteme group at Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, within the FNS project on Knowledge, Reasons and Norms.
For contact and further information, please write to Julien Dutant (Julien.Dutant@lettres.unige.ch).
FNS Project on Knowledge, Reasons and Norms http://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/enseignants/pe/researchprojects.html
Prof. P. Engel