Epistemology at the Pacific APA

I’ve tried to identify the epistemology talks that will be taking someplace in San Francisco at this year’s scattered APA meetings. Many of you have received letters urging you to stay out of the St. Francis, but at last check it looks like most of the epistemology talks are at the hotel. (Note that Stanley’s session on Know How and Dowell’s session on contextualism about ‘ought’ are at the alternative venue and they are mustn’t misses!) I confess that I will be going to the hotel, but I will try not to buy anything and won’t be staying there. Hope others do the same or better. If anyone is looking for a good deal on a hotel, I’m staying at The Opal. I’ve heard that the neighborhood isn’t great, but it’s a shortish walk to the conference (less than 10 minutes) and you can still get rooms for $58/night through Priceline.

Looking forward to seeing you there! (Well, most of you. Some of you won’t be there and my arch nemesis could be reading this.) I’d be shocked if there were things I didn’t miss, so please add corrections below. Also, many of the papers on the main program are available here.


Wednesday Afternoon, March 31
I-D. Invited Symposium: The Concept of Understanding in Epistemology
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Chair: Charles Griswold (Boston University)
Speakers: Jonathan Kvanvig (Baylor University)
“Curiosity and the Response-Dependent Value of Understanding”
Catherine Elgin (Harvard University)
“Understanding and Knowledge”
Michael Strevens (New York University)
“Varieties of Understanding”
Commentator: Brad Armendt (Arizona State University)

I-E. Colloquium: Epistemic Norms
1:00-4:00 p.m.
1:00-2:00
Chair: Michael Trestman (University of California–Davis)
Speaker: Gregory Wheeler (New University of Lisbon)
“Character Matching and the Envelope of Belief”
Commentator: Jonathan Weisberg (University of Toronto)
2:00-3:00
Chair: Anthony Rudd (St. Olaf College)
Speaker: Jason Kawall (Colgate University)
“Testimony, Epistemic Egoism, and Epistemic Credit”
Commentator: Anne Baril (University of Arizona)
3:00-4:00
Chair: Helmut Wautischer (Sonoma State University)
Speaker: Jerry Joseph Steinhofer (Brown University)
“Epistemic Desert and the Value of Knowledge”
Commentator: Sarah A. Wright (University of Georgia)

Wednesday Early Evening, March 31
II-H. Colloquium: Perception
4:00-6:00 p.m.
4:00-5:00
Chair: James Stazicker (University of California–Berkeley)
Speaker: Robert Briscoe (Ohio University)
“Spatial Content and Motoric Significance”
Commentator: James Genone (Stanford University)
5:00-6:00
Chair: Peter Ross (California State Polytechnic University–Pomona)
Speaker: Berit Brogaard (University of Missouri–St. Louis)
“Do We Perceive Natural Kind Properties?”
Commentator: Robert Howell (Southern Methodist University)

II-J. Symposium: Epistemology of Induction
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Chair: Christopher Kulp (Santa Clara University)
Speakers: Tim Perrine (Calvin College)
Stephen Wykstra (Calvin College)
“Nozickean Sensitivity, Inductive Evidence, and Cornea” [abstract | preprint]
Commentators: Paul Draper (Purdue University)
Glenn Ross (Franklin and Marshall College)

Thursday Afternoon, April 1
IV-B. Invited Symposium: Epistemic Expressivism
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Chair: Susan Vineberg (Wayne State University)
Speakers: Klemens Kappel (Københavns Universitet)
“Epistemic Expressivism: An Evaluation”
Michael Ridge (University of Edinburgh)
“Expressvism in Epistemology”
Matthew Chrisman (University of Edinburgh)
“Is Epistemic Expressivism Compatible with Inquiry?”
Commentators: Terence Cuneo (University of Vermont)
Allan Gibbard (University of Michigan–Ann Arbor)

IV-E. Colloquium: Moral Knowledge and Action
1:00-4:00 p.m.
1:00-2:00
Chair: Ann Davis (Pomona College)
Speaker: Sarah Paul (Bowdoin College)
“Double Effect, Single Explanation”
Commentator: Daniel Guevara (University of California–Santa Cruz)
2:00-3:00
Chair: Ali Niedbalski (University of California–Berkeley)
Speaker: Lewis Powell (University of Southern California)
“Toward a Less Confident Cognitivism”
Commentator: Josh Earlenbaugh (University of California–Davis)
3:00-4:00
Chair: Kirk Ludwig (University of Florida)
Speaker: Giovanni Mion (Southern Methodist University)
“Knowledge and the Action-Guiding Role of Assertions”
Commentator: Joshua Schechter (Brown University)

IV-G. Colloquium: Skepticism
1:00-4:00 p.m.
1:00-2:00
Chair: Don Sievert (University of Missouri)
Speaker: Jeremy Kirby (Albion College)
“G .E. Moore’s Epistemological Legacy”
Commentator: Nathaniel Goldberg (Washington and Lee University)
2:00-3:00
Chair: Kenneth Lucey (University of Nevada–Reno)
Speaker: Clayton Littlejohn (University of Texas–San Antonio)
“Fallibilism and Concessive Knowledge Attributions”
Commentator: Dylan Sabo (Auburn University)
3:00-4:00
Chair: Sarah Jones (Northern Michigan University)
Speaker: Eric Thompson (University of Tennessee)
“Pragmatic Invariantism and External World Skepticism”
Commentator: Tim Black (California State University–Northridge)

Thursday Early Evening, April 1 [Note–moved to alternative site!: 6:30–8:30 V-C IP: Knowing How Kalmanovitz 167]
V-C. Invited Paper: Knowing How
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Chair: Amanda Greene (Stanford University)
Speaker: Jason Stanley (Rutgers University)
“Knowing How”
Commentators: Michael Devitt (City University of New York–Graduate Center)
Yuri Cath (University of St. Andrews)

V-J. Symposium: Contextualism and Normative Disagreement [Note–moved to alternative site! 4-6 p.m. V-J Contextualism and Normative Disagreement Kalmanovitz 211]
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Chair: Jason Raibley (California State University–Long Beach)
Speaker: Janice Dowell (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
“Flexible Contextualism about ‘Ought’ and Attitude-attributions”
Commentators: Gunnar Björnsson (Linköpings Universitet)
Andy Egan (Rutgers University)

Friday Morning, April 2
VI-G. Colloquium: Epistemtic Virtue and Moral Knowledge
9:00-Noon
9:00-10:00
Chair: Fred Schueler (University of Delaware)
Speaker: Patricia Marino (University of Waterloo)
“Moral Coherence, Value Fragmentation, and Epistemic Justification” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Heather Battaly (California State University–Fullerton)
10:00-11:00
Chair: John Greco (St. Louis University)
Speaker: Victor Kumar (University of Arizona)
“Virtue Epistemology Naturalized” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Joshue Orozco (Whitworth University)
11:00-12:00
Chair: Micah Lewin (Stanford University)
Speaker: Erik J. Wielenberg (DePauw University)
“On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Knut Skarsaune (New York University)
VI-H. Colloquium: Justification and Understanding
9:00-Noon
9:00-10:00
Chair: Charles Wallis (California State University–Long Beach)
Speaker: Christopher Lepock (University of Toronto)
“Reflection and Social Metacognition” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Don Fallis (University of Arizona)
10:00-11:00
Chair: Stephan Johnson (City College of San Francisco)
Speaker: Adam Pelser (Baylor University)
“Emotion and the Value of Understanding”
Commentator: Matthew Benton (Rutgers University)
11:00-12:00
Chair: Candice Shelby (University of Colorado–Denver)
Speaker: Steven Reynolds (Arizona State University)
“Justification as the Appearance of Knowledge”
Commentator: Joel Pust (University of Delaware)
VI-I.

Friday Afternoon, April 2
VII-B. Author-Meets-Critics: Jack Lyons, Perception and Basic Beliefs: Zombies, Modules, and the Problem of the External World
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Chair: Scott Hendricks (Clark University)
Critics: Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)
Peter Graham (University of California–Riverside)
Terry Horgan (University of Arizona)
Author: Jack Lyons (University of Arkansas–Fayetteville)

VII-F. Colloquium: Epistemic Hope and Safety
1:00-4:00 p.m.
1:00-2:00
Chair: Leonard Kahn (United States Air Force Academy)
Speaker: Adrienne Martin (University of Pennsylvania)
“Hoping Against Hope”
Commentator: Christopher Hudspeth (United States Coast Guard Academy)
2:00-3:00
Chair: Avram Hiller (Portland State University)
Speaker: Mark Makin (Yale Divinity School)
“Safety and Lotteries”
Commentator: Wai-hung Wong (California State University–Chico)
3:00-4:00
Chair: Diana Palmieri (University of Western Ontario)
Speaker: Matthew J. Kennedy (University of Nottingham)

Friday Early Evening, April 2
VIII-I. Symposium: Externalism and the Knowledge Argument
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Chair: Michelle Montague (University of Bristol)
Speaker: Torin Alter (University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa)
“Social Externalism and the Knowledge Argument” [abstract | preprint]
Commentators: Derek Ball (University of St. Andrews)
Martin Hahn (Simon Fraser University)

Saturday, April 3
Session IX — 9:00-Noon
IX-A. Author-Meets-Critics: Sven Bernecker, Memory: A Philosophical Study
9:00-Noon
Chair: David Hunter (Ryerson University)
Critics: Fred Adams (University of Delaware)
Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University)
Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois–Chicago)
Author: Sven Bernecker (University of California–Irvine)

IX-B. Author-Meets-Critics: Ernest Sosa, Reflective Knowledge: Apt Belief and Reflective Knowledge, Volume II
9:00-Noon
Chair: Juan Comesaña (University of Arizona)
Critics: Ram Neta (University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill)
James Van Cleve (University of Southern California)
Crispin Wright (New York University and University of Aberdeen)

IX-H. Colloquium: Justification and Skepticism
9:00-Noon
9:00-10:00
Chair: Jeremy Fantl (University of Calgary)
Speaker: Yuval Avnur (Scripps College)
“Closure Reconsidered” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Anthony Brueckner (University of California–Santa Barbara)
10:00-11:00
Chair: Alexei Angelides (Stanford University)
Speaker: Ali Hasan (University of Iowa)
“Escaping Bergmann’s Dilemma for Internalism” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Ian Schnee (University of California–Berkeley)
11:00-12:00
Chair: Joseph Barnes (University of California–Berkeley)
Speaker: Mark E. Wunderlich (Union College)
“A Defense of Epistemological Monism” [abstract | preprint]
Commentator: Allen Coates (East Tennessee State University)

Saturday Early Evening, April 3
XI-A. Author-Meets-Critics: Mark Richard, When Truth Gives Out
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Chair: Michael Caie (University of California–Berkeley)
Critics: John MacFarlane (University of California–Berkeley)
Michael A. Rescorla (University of California–Santa Barbara)
Author: Mark Richard (Tufts University)

XI-F. Colloquium: Epistemic Disagreement
4:00-6:00 p.m.
4:00-5:00
Chair: Edward Cushman (Lewis and Clark College)
Speaker: Matthew C. Kopec (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
“A Defense of Epistemic Permissivism”
Commentator: Roger White (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
5:00-6:00
Chair: Alex Bundy (University of California–Santa Barbara)
Speaker: Michael G. Thune (Joliet Junior College)
“Does Disagreement Lead to Skepticism?”
Commentator: Nathan King (University of Notre Dame)

Author: Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)
“Safety Drills”
Commentator: Peter Kung (Pomona College)

GROUP
Wednesday Evening, March 31
GV-L. Society of Christian Philosophers
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Chair: Daniel Speak (Loyola Marymount University)
Speakers: Jonathan D. Jacobs (St. Louis University)
Timothy O’Connor (Indiana University–Bloomington)
“Emergence and the Resurrection”
Commentator: Rebekah L. H. Rice (Seattle Pacific University)
Speaker: Michael Pace (Chapman University)
“Faith and Intellectual Virtue”
Commentator: Daniel Speak (Loyola Marymount University)

Group Session GIX — 8:00-10:00 p.m.
GIX-A. Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Topic: The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement
Chair: Wanda Teays (Mount St. Mary’s College)
Speaker: Dale Turner (California State Polytechnic University–Pomona)
“You’re Not an Idiot or Evil, But You Are Wrong: Some Reflections on the Epistemic Significance of

Thursday Evening, April 1
Group Session GVII — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Disagreement”
Commentators: Jerry Cederblom (University of Nebraska–Omaha)
Zenon Culverhouse (Mount St. Mary’s College)
Michael Scriven (Claremont Graduate University)

Saturday Evening, April 3
Group Session GXII — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
GXII-D. Society for Student Philosophers, Session 2
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Topic: Mind, Language, and Epistemology
Speakers: Sarah McCulley (Ohio University)
“Davidson’s Semantical Primitives and Why They Cannot Work”
Jeff Dauer (University of Missouri–St. Louis)
“Relativism, Epistemic Modals, and Contextual Projection”
Said Saillant (Rutgers University)
“The Logic of Mentalistic and Physicalistic Language”
Jonathan Spelman (University of Missouri–St. Louis)
“Virtue Epistemology and the Problem of Environmental Luck”

GXIII-H. Society for Skeptical Studies
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Chair: Richard Greene (Weber State University)
Speakers: Otávio Bueno (University of Miami)
“Is the Pyrrhonist an Internalist?”
Gavin Enck (University of Tennessee)
“Live Skepticism and Genius Testimony”
Eric Thompson (University of Tennessee)
“Pragmatic Invariantism and External World Skepticism”
Joel Buenting (University of Alberta)

ALTERNATIVE SITES [Corrects what is above]
Thursday, April 1
4-6 p.m. V-J Contextualism and Normative Disagreement Kalmanovitz 211
6:30–8:30 V-C IP: Knowing How Kalmanovitz 167


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