Epistemology at the Pacific Division Meeting

I just got a draft of the program for the Pacific Meeting, and will move it to the front closer to the event. But, having just posted on epistemology events at the Eastern Meeting, I was shocked to notice the immense difference between what is available at the December meeting and what is available at the March meeting. The program committee for the Pacific meeting deserves hearty congratulations! The amount of epistemology available is so extensive that I’ll put the entire list below the fold (with CD-er’s names in bold).

Wednesday Afternoon, March 22
I-C. Colloquium: Epistemology
Chair: Jeffrey Roland (Louisiana State University)
Speaker: Dennis Whitcomb (Rutgers University)
“Factivity Without Safety”
Commentator: Mark Heller (Syracuse University)
Chair: Brian Glenney (University of Southern California)
Speaker: Christopher Tillman (University of Rochester)
“If It Were the Case that Counterfactuals Behaved Differently in Attitude Reports, It Might Be the Case that They Are Contex-Sensitive”
Commentator: Peter Alward ( University of Lethbridge)
Chair: Robert Shanklin (University of Southern California)
Speaker: Douglas N. Kutach (Brown University)
“Similarity Is a Bad Guide to Counterfactual Truth”
Commentator: Christopher Gauker (University of Cincinnati)

Thursday Morning, March 23
III-G. Colloquium: Epistemology
Chair: Scott Hendricks (Clark University)
Speaker: Matthew Bedke (University of Arizona)
“Developmental Process Reliabilism and a Theory of Evidence”
Commentator: Patrick Rysiew (University of British Columbia)
Chair: Asta Sveinsdottir (San Francisco State University)
Speaker: Christopher R. Green (University of Notre Dame)
“Testimony and Memory as Generative Epistemic Sources”
Commentator: Matthew Davidson (California State University – San Bernadino)
Chair: Tuomas Manninen (University of Iowa)
Speaker: Eric J. Loomis (University of South Alabama)
“Criteria and Defeasibility: When Good Evidence Is Not Good Enough”
Commentator: Michael Hodges (Vanderbilt University)

Thursday Afternoon, March 23
IV-A. Author-Meets-Critics: David Christensen, Putting Logic in its Place
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Joseph Barnes (University of California – Berkeley)
Critics: James Hawthorne (University of Oklahoma)
Mark Kaplan (Indiana University – Bloomington)
Brian Weatherson (Cornell University)
Author: David Christensen (University of Vermont)
IV-C. Author-Meets-Critics: Sherri Roush, Tracking Truth: Knowledge, Evidence, and Science
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Brad Armendt (Arizona State University)
Critics: Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)
Eric Barnes (Southern Methodist University)
P. Kyle Stanford (University of California – Irvine)
Author: Sherri Roush (Rice University)
IV-F. Invited Symposium: Intellectual Virtue
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Abrol Fairweather (University of San Francisco)
Speakers: Michael Stocker (Syracuse University)
“Intellectual Emotions (Some Remarks)”
Duncan Pritchard (University of Stirling)
“Virtue and Luck”
Robert Roberts (Baylor University)
Jay Wood (Wheaton College)
“Virtues and Intellectual Practices”
Commentator: James Montmarquet (Tennessee State University)
V-C. Invited Paper: Perception and Empirical Realism
4:00-6:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Charles Wallis (California State University – Long Beach)
Speaker: Bill Brewer (Warwick University)
“Perception and Its Objects”
Commentators: Anil Gupta (University of Pittsburgh)
Nicolas Bullot (University of British Columbia)

Thursday Evening, March 23
GVI-3. Society for Skeptical Studies, Session I
8:00 -10:00 PM
Chair: Rachel Robison (Weber State University)
Speakers: Otávio Bueno (University of South Carolina)
“Davidson and Skepticism: How Not to Respond to the Skeptic”
James Beebe (State University of New York at Buffalo)
“Bonjour on Skepticism”

Friday Morning, March 24
VI-D. Invited Symposium: Internalism and Externalism in Semantics and Epistemology
9:00-Noon, Location TBA
Chair: Matt Weiner (Texas Tech University)
Speakers: Sanford Goldberg (University of Kentucky)
“The Epistemology of Understanding”
Earl Conee (University of Rochester)
“External Content, Internal Justification”
Peter Graham (University of California – Riverside)
“Epistemic Norms, Semantic Externalism, and Two Kinds of Epistemic Internalism”
Commentator: Ram Neta (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)

VI-I. Colloquium: Mind and Language
Chair: Aaron Zimmerman (University of California – Santa Barbara)
Speaker: Par Sundstrom (Umeå Universitet)
“Sensory Qualities and Concept Empiricism”
Commentator: Bernard W. Kobes (Arizona State University)
Chair: Paul Pistone (University of California – San Diego)
Speaker: Robert W. Lurz (City University of New York – Brooklyn College)
“Wordless Thoughts and Their Supposed Limits”
Commentator: Wayne Wright (California State University – Long Beach)
Chair: Ray Rennard (University of the Pacific)
Speaker: Benjamin J. Stenberg (University of Washington)
“On the Ontological Priority of Thought Over Language: The Sellars-Chisholm Correspondence”
Commentator: Anastasia Panagopoulos (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)

Friday Afternoon, March 24
VII-B. Author-Meets-Critics: Jason Stanley, Knowledge and Interests
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Delia Graff (Princeton University)
Critics: Gilbert Harman (Princeton University)
Stephen Schiffer (New York University)
Author: Jason Stanley (Rutgers University)
VII-G. Invited Symposium: Introspection and Consciousness
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California – Riverside)
Speakers: William G. Lycan (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
“Higher-Order Perception, 2006”
Dorit Bar-On (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
“Introspection and Avowable Self-Knowledge”
Terry Horgan (University of Arizona)
“The Hidden in Phenomenal Consciousness”
VII-I. Colloquium: Epistemology
Chair: Steven Reynolds (Arizona State University)
Speaker: Andrew Cullison (West Virginia University)
“A Defense of Phenomenal Conservatism”
Commentator: Michael Huemer (University of Colorado – Boulder)
Chair: Bennett Barr (University of Washington)
Speaker: Ian Evans (Lewis and Clark College)
“Knowing that One Knows Revisited”
Commentator: Chris Lepock (University of Alberta)
Chair: Ulrich Meyer (Colgate University)
Speaker: Joe R. Salerno (St. Louis University)
“Who Discovered Fitch’s Paradox, and Why Won’t It Go Away?”
Commentator: Ali Kazmi ( University of Calgary)
VIII-A. Author-Meets-Critics: Mohan Matthen, Seeing, Doing and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception
4:00-6:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Janet Levin (University of Southern California)
Critics: Austen Clark (University of Connecticut)
Frances Egan (Rutgers University)
Author: Mohan Matthen (University of British Columbia)
VIII-D. Invited Symposium: Philosophy and Linguistics
4:00-6:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Anne Bezuidenhout (University of South Carolina)
Speaker: Barbara Abbott (Michigan State University)
“On Linguistic Solutions to Philosophical Problems”
Commentators: Dean Pettit (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
Craige Roberts (Ohio State University)

Friday Evening, March 24
GVIII-5. The Society for Skeptical Studies, Session II
7:15 -10:15 PM
Topic: New Waves in Epistemology:
Chair: Richard Greene (Weber State University)
Introduction: Duncan Pritchard, Stirling & Vincent Hendricks, Roskilde
Speakers: Tim Black (California State University – Northridge) “Defending a Sensitive Neo-Moorean Invariantism”
Berit Brogaard (Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Joe Salerno Saint Louis University) “Knowability, Possibility and Paradox”
Boudewijn de Bruin (Amsterdam University) “Epistemic Logic and Epistemology”
Troy Catterson (University of Hawaii) “Hintikkan Epistemology”
Paul Egre (Paris IV) “Williamsonian Epistemology”
Ram Neta (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) “How to Naturalise Epistemology”
Duncan Pritchard (Stirling University) “Knowledge, Luck, and Lotteries”
Wayne Riggs (Oklahoma University) “The Value Turn in Epistemology”
Franz Huber (California Institute of Technology) “The Plausibility-Informativeness Theory”

Saturday Morning, March 25
IX-F. Invited Symposium: Practical and Theoretical Reason
9:00-Noon, Location TBA
Chair: Dion Scott-Kakures (Scripps College)
Speakers: David Owens (University of Sheffield)
“Deliberation: Theoretical and Practical”
David Macarthur (University of Sydney)
“Skepticism and Reason”
Commentator: Nishi Shah (Amherst College)
IX-I. Colloquium: Epistemology
Chair: Henry Kreuzman (College of Wooster)
Speaker: James R. Beebe (State University of New York – Buffalo)
“Has BonJour Solved the Problem of Induction?”
Commentator: Roger White (New York University)
Chair: Sharon Crasnow (Riverside Community College)
Speaker: William A. Rottschaefer (Lewis and Clark College)
“The Many Places of Knowledge in Nature: Reflections on Hilary Kornblith’s Knowledge and Its Place in Nature”
Commentator: D. Gene Witmer (University of Florida)
Chair: John Marmysz (College of Marin)
Speaker: Aaron Allen Schiller (University of California – San Diego)
“Sense-Impressions, Things-in-Themselves, and the Totality of Facts”
Commentator: Kevin Falvey (University of California – Santa Barbara)

Saturday Afternoon, March 25
X-B. Author-Meets-Critics: Jonathan Kvanvig, The Value of Knowledge and the Pursuit of Understanding
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Heather Battaly (California State University – Fullerton)
Critics: Catherine Elgin (Harvard University)
John Greco (Fordham University)
Wayne Riggs (University of Oklahoma)
Author: Jonathan Kvanvig (University of Missouri – Columbia)
X-F. Invited Symposium: Experimental Philosophy
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Shaun Nichols (University of Utah)
Speakers: Joshua Knobe (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
“Folk Psychology and Moral Judgment”
Ernest Sosa (Brown University and Rutgers University)
“How Are Experiments Relevant to Intuitions?”
Jonathan M. Weinberg (Indiana University – Bloomington)
“What Experimental Philosophy Is (But Mostly Isn’t) Good For”
X-H. Invited Symposium: Relative Truth in Semantics
1:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Chair: Kent Bach (San Francisco State University)
Speakers: Robert Stalnaker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
“Contextualism and Relativism”
John MacFarlane (University of California – Berkeley)
“Relative Truth and Disagreement”
John Hawthorne (Rutgers University)
“Relativism and Factive Verbs”
X-J. Colloquium: Epistemology
Chair: Hollibert Phillips (Whitman College)
Speaker: Kenneth E. Hobson (University of Iowa)
“Foundational Belief and the Structure of Justification”
Commentator: Stephan Blatti (Oxford University/University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
Chair: Jennifer Fisher (University of North Florida)
Speaker: Mark E. Wunderlich (Iowa State University)
“The Tracking Theory of Epistemic Justification”
Commentator: Andrei Buckareff (Franklin and Marshall College)
Chair: Ben Almassi (University of Washington)
Speaker: Tomoji Shogenji (Rhode Island College)
“A Defense Reductionism About Testimonial Justification of Beliefs”
Commentator: Joseph Shieber (Lafayette College)
XI-D. Colloquium: Decision Theory
Chair: Franz Huber (California Institute of Technology)
Speakers: Hilary Greaves (Rutgers University)
David Wallace (Oxford University)
“Justifying Conditionalization: Conditionalization Maximizes Expected Epistemic Utility”
Commentator: Michael Titelbaum (University of California – Berkeley)

Sunday Morning, March 26
XII-G. Colloquium: Epistemology
Chair: Dylan Mayer (University of Washington)
Speaker: Jeremy Fantl (Haverford College)
“Observer-Dependence in Ethics and Epistemology”
Commentator: Matthew Chrisman (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
Chair: Helmut Wautischer (Sonoma State University)
Speaker: Deborah Sue Mower (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
“Something’s Rotten in Denmark: Inference to the Best Explanation”
Commentator: Fritz McDonald (City University of New York – Graduate School)
Chair: Albert Flores (California State University – Fullerton)
Speaker: Michael Cholbi (California State Polytechnic University – Pomona)
“Belief Attribution and the Falsification of Motive Internalism”
Commentator: Todd Weber (Monterey Peninsula College)
XII-I. Colloquium: Philosophy of Language
Chair: Pepe Chang (University of Utah)
Speaker: Jennifer Lackey (Northern Illinois University)
“Norms of Assertion”
Commentator: Nathaniel Goldberg (Ohio University)
Chair: Panayot Butchvarov (University of Iowa)
Speaker: Mylan Engel (Northern Illinois University)
“Contextualism and the Problem of Knowing What One Says”
Commentator: Claire Horisk (University of Missouri – Columbia)
Chair: Sanford Shieh (Wesleyan University)
Speaker: Ronald W. Loeffler (Grand Valley State University)
“Assertional Practice and the False Belief Task”
Commentator: G. W. Fitch (Arizona State University)


Epistemology at the Pacific Division Meeting — 5 Comments

  1. Also of potential interest to epistemologists at the Pacific APA will be a session on Experimental Philosophy that Shaun Nichols has organized, in which I and Joshua Knobe will be speaking, followed by responses from Ernie Sosa.

  2. That Thursday afternoon time slot seems like a particularly tough choice. Especially given that there’s also a session on “Epistemology and Science” at the same time. I suppose since I’m commenting there though, my decision won’t be hard to make.

  3. The symposium Friday late afternoon at 4 p.m. on philosophy and linguistics will also be on epistemology; Barbara Abbott’s paper is a vigorous attack on my paper on knowing how with Williamson. I’ll be a bit sleepy from my author meets critics session, but hopefully I’ll get a second wind (no break from getting criticized at all).

  4. Thanks, Jonathan and Jason, for the additional items. I’ve inserted them in the post to make it easier to see where they fit. And dangitall! The program is so full of good stuff that I’m tempted to skip out on my author meets critics session to go to something else! The temptation will be proportional to the quality of the criticisms I get…

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