Conference on The Value of Knowledge

August 27-29, 2007
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Conference Theme
After decades of discussion about the proper analysis of knowledge, epistemologists have started working on questions concerning the value of what they so eagerly have analyzed: knowledge. The rubric of “The Value of Knowledge” covers such questions and topics as:
– Why is knowledge supposed to be more valuable than true belief (the ‘Meno problem’)?
– What sorts of values accrue to knowledge?
– Is there any value to ignorance?
– What, if anything, accounts for forbidden knowledge?

Keynote Speakers
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)
Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)
Jonathan Kvanvig (Baylor University)
Duncan Pritchard (University of Stirling)

Call for Abstracts
Abstracts of at most 300 words are invited on any topic that is relevant to the conference theme. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail or regular mail to the conference organizers by March 31, 2007. Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 15, 2007.

This is the first event in a series to be organized in the Knowledge, Belief, and Normativity project run by René van Woudenberg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Duncan Pritchard (University of Stirling), and Igor Douven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). The conference is held directly prior to the Social Epistemology Conference in Stirling, website here. It is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

To register, use the registration form on the website or send us your full contact details including e-mail address. Also let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have. When paid before June 1, 2007 the conference fee is 125,- euros (and 90,- euros for PhD students). After June 1, 2007 the fee becomes 175,- euros (125 euros for PhD students).

Contact Details
The conference organizers, Jeroen de Ridder and René van Woudenberg, can be reached at the following email address:
Or by regular mail:
Jeroen de Ridder
Faculteit der Wijsbegeerte
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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