Tartu Graduate Conference in Social Epistemology
Taking place on March 26-27, 2016 in Department of Philosophy. Keynote speaker: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University).
Epistemology – the study of knowledge and justified belief – has traditionally taken a highly individualistic approach. Some have thought that this approach leads to a distorted view of the human epistemic situation. In order to correct for such imbalances some philosophers have embraced the idea of approaching epistemological concerns from a social perspective. Social epistemology refers to a wide-ranging set of approaches to the study of knowledge which construes human knowledge as having an important and weighty social dimension. Social epistemology studies the significance of social interaction in understanding the character and value of knowledge. On the 26th and 27th March 2016 the University of Tartu will host a graduate conference on topics that fall within the field of social epistemology.
Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University).
Call For Submissions
We welcome submissions from both masters level and PhD level students. Examples of the topics in social epistemology on which we will accept papers include: moral social epistemology (e.g. epistemic injustice); feminist epistemology; epistemology and democratic theory (including issues of the justification of the principle of free speech); social epistemology in the philosophy of science; epistemology of testimony, and; peer disagreement. This list is by no means exhaustive. Papers on any topic from within analytic epistemology, broadly construed, are also welcomed.
Please send all submissions to tartuphilgradconference [ät] gmail.com
Please include the following information in a separate file from the main body of text: title of paper, abstract of no more than 200 words, author's name, author's institutional affiliation, author's email address.
Deadline for submissions: February 22nd 2016.
All submissions will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by February 29th 2016.
Conference to take place: March 26th and 27th 2016.
Frege Lectures 2016: Huw Price "Naturalism, pragmatism and representationalism"
Huw Price is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge as well as Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, which he founded in 2012 with Martin Rees and Jaan Tallinn. Previously he has been a professor at the University of Sydney and at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Price has published books on philosophy of physics (Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point (OUP, 1996); (co-ed with Richard Corry) Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited (OUP, 2007)), and on topics such as truth, naturalism, pragmatism and expressivism (Facts and the Function of Truth (Blackwell, 1988), Naturalism Without Mirrors (Oxford University Press, 2011), Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Huw Price will deliver three lectures, under the general title "Naturalism, pragmatism and representationalism"
There has been much recent interest in a position variously described as global or universal expressivism, or as non-representational pragmatism. For example, in a 2015 interview Allan Gibbard describes his progress to such a view, saying “As I use the term ‘expressivism’, I, like Price and Horwich, am a universal expressivist.” Other enthusiasts for the view, from rather different directions, include Robert Brandom and Simon Blackburn. In these lectures, Price sets out his own motivations for taking such a view seriously, and his conception of what it involves.
11:15-12:45: Two Notions of Naturalism
15:15-16:45: Representationalism – From Nihilism to Dualism
11:15-12:45: The End of ‘the World’
Frege lectures are rounded off with a public discussion on existential risks between Huw Price and Jaan Tallinn, a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. Tallinn is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.
16:15-18:00: A Taxi to the Twenty-Second Century – the Cambridge-Tallinn Connection
Huw Price and Jaan Tallinn met in a taxi in Copenhagen in 2001. From that unpromising starting point, they came together with the distinguished British astronomer, Lord Martin Rees, to co-found a Centre in Cambridge to increase the probability that this will not be, in Lord Rees' words, "our final century". In this event Price and Tallinn will talk and answer questions about the history and vision of their Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER.ORG), and the broader global community of researchers of which it is now an important part.
Supported by the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).
Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science: Fourth Annual Meeting
University of Tartu
April 21-23, Tartu, Estonia
Issue 10.1 of Studia Philosophica Estonica - published on the basis of the conference.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Tartu is proud to host the 4th meeting of Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science. We welcome papers on all areas of philosophy of science, including:
- General philosophy of science (methodological, epistemological and metaphysical issues in sciences)
- Philosophy of special disciplines and metaphilosophy (philosophy of the natural sciences, life sciences, formal sciences, cognitive and behavioural sciences, humanities and the social sciences, technology and the applied sciences etc.)
- Logic and formal approaches to philosophy of science
- Ethical, socio-political, historical and cultural issues in science.
All the selected papers will have a commentator, format 20+5+15 minutes (talk, comment, discussion). Participants will have the possibility to participate in a follow-up event on April 24 – excursion to Estonian primeval nature. Previous meeting of the NNPS were held in Uppsala (2013), Lund (2014) and Helsinki (2015).
Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
John Dupré (University of Exeter, UK)
Mikael M. Karlsson (University of Iceland)
Lise Marie Andersen (Aarhus University)
Rani Lill Anjum (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
Daniel Cohnitz (University of Tartu)
Finnur Dellsén (University of Iceland)
Søren Harnow Klausen (University of Southern Denmark)
Lars-Göran Johansson (Uppsala University)
Ólafur Páll Jónsson (University of Iceland)
Carlo Martini (TINT, University of Helsinki)
Peeter Müürsepp (Tallinn University of Technology)
Michiru Nagatsu (TINT, University of Helsinki)
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (University of Helsinki, Tallinn University of Technology)
Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki, Linköping University)
Frank Zenker (Lund University)
April 21-23, 2016: Dates of the NNPS 2016 meeting
Organizers: Endla Lõhkivi, Ave Mets, Edit Talpsepp (University of Tartu)
Local organizing committee: Kristin Kokkov, Triin Paaver, Mats Volberg
Further information and queries: nnps2016 [ät] ut.ee