2012 Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics

The Third Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona, from January 5 through January 7, 2012. Normative ethical theory addresses general questions about the right and the good and attempts to answer such questions as: What sorts of action... [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study—Part 4

A propositional understanding of the intentional objects of belief may be inadequate and this may partly be what engenders Gettier-style counter examples to JTB.
A propositional understanding of the intentional objects of belief may be inadequate and this may partly be what engenders Gettier-style counter examples to JTB. [More]

Logic, What is It Good For?

A student in my introductory logic course expressed some frustration with the course this evening. What do you think of my response?
A student in my introductory logic course expressed some frustration with the course this evening. What do you think of my response? [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study--Part 3

On the surface, Gettier’s scenario seems to present a clear case against the sufficiency of JTB. Smith has justified, true, belief but clearly doesn’t have knowledge so JTB is inadequate. But if we examine the belief we'll see that something has gone wrong with the case, not with JTB.
On the surface, Gettier’s scenario seems to present a clear case against the sufficiency of JTB. Smith has justified, true, belief but clearly doesn’t have knowledge so JTB is inadequate. But if we examine the belief we'll see that something has gone wrong with the case, not with JTB. [More]

CFP: Edinburgh ‘Aims of Inquiry and Cognition’ Conference

The Epistemology Research Group in Edinburgh will be hosting a conference next May on ‘The Aims of Inquiry and Cognition’. Invited speakers include Ted Sider (Cornell), Carolyn Price (Open University), Asbjørn Steglich-Pedersen (Aarhus), Stephen Grimm (Fordham) & Kristoffer Ahlstrom (Copenhagen)... [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study-Part 2

Gettier cases assume a particularist methodology in that they appeal to our intuition about what knowledge consists of. When encountering a Gettier case, we tend to say, “I may not know why, but that’s not a case of knowledge.” Pure intuitions are quite different, however.
Gettier cases assume a particularist methodology in that they appeal to our intuition about what knowledge consists of. When encountering a Gettier case, we tend to say, “I may not know why, but that’s not a case of knowledge.” Pure intuitions are quite different, however. [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study-Part 1

Philosophers who believe that Gettier-style arguments pose a substantial problem for the tripartite theory of knowledge vastly outnumber those who do not. In this series, I’m going to throw my lot in with the latter group and argue that Gettier arguments do not present substantial counterexamples to the justified true belief theory of knowledge as commonly construed.
Philosophers who believe that Gettier-style arguments pose a substantial problem for the tripartite theory of knowledge vastly outnumber those who do not. In this series, I’m going to throw my lot in with the latter group and argue that Gettier arguments do not present substantial counterexamples to the justified true belief theory of knowledge as commonly construed. [More]

Philosophy and Obscurity

In the 20 or so years I’ve spent trying to get people to appreciate philosophy, I’ve learned that most people find the discipline irrelevant, obscure, and kind of pointless.
In the 20 or so years I’ve spent trying to get people to appreciate philosophy, I’ve learned that most people find the discipline irrelevant, obscure, and kind of pointless. [More]

CFP: Extended Cognition and Epistemic Action

CALL FOR PAPERS Special Issue of Philosophical Explorations on “Extended Cognition and Epistemic Action” Guest Editors: Andy Clark (University of Edinburgh), Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh) and Krist Vaesen (Eindhoven University of Technology) Submission Deadline: September 15, 2011... [More]

Talk About Love

Love: so many great thinkers have talked about it and written about it and yet so many still strive to comprehend it.
Love: so many great thinkers have talked about it and written about it and yet so many still strive to comprehend it. [More]