In my next post, I’ll be focusing on the work of Jonah Schupbach, but I want to make a general comment on the conference as a whole. I went to almost every session over the three or four days and I did not hear a single paper which focused on barren formalisms for the sake of formalism. Whatever negative stereotypes there might be of formal philosophy, they were in short supply at the FEW. On the contrary, movement leaders like Branden Fitelson and Mike Titlebaum (and, hey, what’s the deal with formal epistemologists with surnames of the form X-itel/itle-Y?) know their traditional epistemology plenty well and connect their formal work to it in concrete ways.
So I really encourage traditional folks–and the majority of my work is (very) traditional–to give formal epistemology a chance if you’ve been a bit skeptical. There’s some really good stuff going on!