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Epistemic Vices

 

2nd – 3rd September 2015

Venue:            St John’s College, Durham University

Organiser:     Ian James Kidd (Durham)

Generously sponsored by the Mind Association

 

Keynotes

Heather Battaly (Fullerton), Ian James Kidd (Durham), Wayne Riggs (Oklahoma), Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff)

 

            Description

This conference is dedicated to the study of the epistemic vices. The last couple of decades have been enormous interest in the epistemic virtues and a growing literature now exists devoted to describing their description, definition, and application to specific areas of our social and epistemic life. But the ‘vices of the mind’ are by contrast rather neglected, even though they feature regularly in our everyday and public discourse. This conference is therefore dedicated to the epistemic vices: what are they? How are they related to the virtues? What makes them objectionable or negative? Does the status of a character trait as a vice depend on context? How might the study of epistemic vices be illuminated by psychology? Is there a history of the epistemic vices? Can collectives as well as agents be epistemically vicious?

 

This conference will be consistent with the BPA-SWIP Good Practice Scheme.

 

           

Program

Wednesday 2nd September

9          Registration and tea and coffee

 

9.55     Welcome – Ian James Kidd

 

10        Heather Battaly

‘Epistemic Vice: Reliabilism, Responsibilism, and Personalism

Chair: Ian James Kidd

 

11.30   Tea and coffee

 

12        Quassim Cassam

Vice Epistemology

Chair: Alessandra Tanesini

 

1          Lunch

 

2.30     Kathy Puddifoot

Avoiding Epistemic Vice by Taking Control of the Situation

            Chair: Wayne Riggs

 

3.30     Tea and coffee

 

4          Ian James Kidd

Can We Charge Others With Epistemic Vice? Problems of Responsibility and of Consensus

Chair: Sarah Wieten

 

5.30     Free time / libations

 

7          Conference dinner

 

 

Thursday 3rd September

9.15     Maria Altepeter

The Vice of Skepticism: Excessive Desire for Knowledge’

Chair: TBC

 

10.15   Caleb Cohoe

‘The Intellectual Virtue of Receptivity as an Antidote to False Pride’

Chair: Heather Battaly

 

11.15   Tea and coffee

 

11.45   Wayne Riggs

Epistemic Vices in Perspective

Chair: Erin Nash

 

1.15     Lunch

 

2.30     Kyle Scott

The Problem of Arrogance

Chair: Lani Watson

 

3.30     Tea and coffee

 

4          Alessandra Tanesini

Intellectual Arrogance: Silencing and Ignorance

Chair: TBC

 

5.30     Conference close

 

 

Registration

£30 waged and £20 unwaged. Please click here to register.

 

 

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For any queries, please contact Ian James Kidd.