Epistemology at the APA Central Meeting

Reposted from Certain Doubts: Since there are wicked rumors out there that Chicago is not a place to visit in February, below the fold [N.B see link above for the schedule] I have collected the various epistemology-relevant goings-on at the 2012 APA Central Division meeting, which is taking place F... [More]

Knowledge, Virtue, and the Intellect

Each of us seems to be responsible to possess knowledge about myriad subjects that affect not only our lives but the lives of those around us. Professor Jason Baehr's new book adds a fresh perspective to this challenge. Instead of focusing on the standard topics of justification, truth, and belief, Jason focuses on the person holding belief and argues that understand the role virtue plays—intellectual virtue—may contribute to unlocking the mystery of knowledge. [More]

Interview with Alvin Plantinga on Where the Conflict Really Lies

This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict.
This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict. [More]

On Philosophy and Bullshit

In a short article for the Wessex Scene, Jack Maden attempts to unpack the reasons why many find philosophy irrelevant. He sees its value but says that it’s probably only possible to garner this awareness if you spend time philosophizing.
In a short article for the Wessex Scene, Jack Maden attempts to unpack the reasons why many find philosophy irrelevant. He sees its value but says that it’s probably only possible to garner this awareness if you spend time philosophizing. [More]

Philosophy Professor to Students: You’re Wrong

A Portland State University professor believes that “the primary goal of every academic should be to bring students’ beliefs into lawful alignment with reality.” The problem is that our access to the truth about what is real is, many times, unclear and beyond our reach.
A Portland State University professor believes that “the primary goal of every academic should be to bring students’ beliefs into lawful alignment with reality.” The problem is that our access to the truth about what is real is, many times, unclear and beyond our reach. [More]

Ballot Box Epistemology

Many voters form beliefs about candidates based not on any substantive arguments but on the rhetorical power of the candidate. While rhetoric has an important role to play in belief formation, rhetoric without a substantial foundation can be disastrous. This is particularly true when electing national leaders.
Many voters form beliefs about candidates based not on any substantive arguments but on the rhetorical power of the candidate. While rhetoric has an important role to play in belief formation, rhetoric without a substantial foundation can be disastrous. This is particularly true when electing national leaders. [More]

What is Open-mindedness

True or false? If one is truly open minded when considering alternate viewpoints in the context of a rational evaluation, those other viewpoints must be live options for that person.
True or false? If one is truly open minded when considering alternate viewpoints in the context of a rational evaluation, those other viewpoints must be live options for that person. [More]

CFP: Formal Epistemology Workshop

The Ninth Annual Formal Epistemology Workshop (FEW 2012) will be held in Munich, May 29 – June 1, 2012. This year’s meeting is sponsored by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy.
The Ninth Annual Formal Epistemology Workshop (FEW 2012) will be held in Munich, May 29 – June 1, 2012. This year’s meeting is sponsored by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. [More]

Midwest Epistemology Workshop

University of Iowa will be hosting the fifth annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop with the support of the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Science Excellence and Innovation Fund.
University of Iowa will be hosting the fifth annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop with the support of the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Science Excellence and Innovation Fund. [More]

What is Knowledge?

What does it mean to truly know something? This popular article explores that question.
What does it mean to truly know something? This popular article explores that question. [More]