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Knowledge and its Limits at 20

Call for Abstracts: Knowledge and its Limits at 20

Knowledge and its Limits at 20 Conference to be held at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, 14-15 May 2020.

Invited speakers: Jessica Brown (St Andrews), Pascal Engel (EHESS, Paris), Heather Logue (Leeds), Anne Meylan (Zurich), Jennifer Nagel (Toronto), Johannes Roessler (Warwick), Timothy Williamson (Oxford).

Timothy Williamson's Knowledge and its Limits has a good claim to being the most influential monograph in contemporary epistemology. Knowledge and its Limits is a major source of current debates about the nature and norms of assertion and belief, the difficulties attending the analysis of knowledge as justified true belief, and the anti-luminosity of knowledge, and has inspired many to pursue a knowledge-centered approach to such issues as confirmation, evidence and justification. Williamson's "knowledge-first" program has been widely debated and even its staunchest opponents admit that it is a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary epistemological landscape.

The twentieth anniversary of the publication of Knowledge and its Limits seems a perfect occasion to assess the book’s contribution and the research program it generated with a degree of hindsight, and to evaluate the implications of the knowledge-first approach in areas beyond epistemology such as the philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. This is the rationale behind the international conference Knowledge and its Limits at 20 (Geneva, 14-15 May 2020). We hope that it will provide a comprehensive assessment of the knowledge-first approach, as well as opening up new perspectives on its implications both inside and outside epistemology.

The conference is part of the "Knowledge, Action, and Factive Mental States" project (PI: prof. Fabrice Teroni). Conference organizers: Fabrice Teroni and Arturs Logins.

Call for abstracts: The aim of the conference is to assess the knowledge-first approach from a broad perspective including (but not limited to) its relevance for philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophy of emotions, perception, memory, belief and evidence. The conference will have a number of slots for presentations selected through a call for abstracts. We welcome submissions of abstracts suitable for a 30 + 15 presentation at the conference. Abstracts should be prepared for blind peer-review and should not be longer than 1000 words and not shorter than 700 words. They should be submitted through the EasyChair submission website (here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=kailat20 ).

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2020. Expected date of notification to authors of submissions: March 1, 2020.

Contact for more information: Arturs.Logins AT unige.ch; Fabrice.Teroni AT unige.ch