Saving Safety? Problems and Prospects of Safety-Based Accounts of Knowledge
Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Stucksaal
Meckenheimer Allee 171
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Safety-based accounts of knowledge typically claim that knowledge is true belief that could not easily have been wrong. Originally, they were meant to answer the Gettier problem as well as the problem of skepticism. Moreover, safety turned out to possess some interesting further properties. For example, it nicely captures our intuition that knowledge excludes epistemic luck. It also seems to preserve the closure principle, unlike another prominent constraint on knowledge, namely sensitivity.
We think that time has come for a general assessment of the problems and prospects of safety. Our conference will provide a platform for such an assessment. We also try to develop a more precise understanding of safety itself and to clarify the relation between safety and notions such as epistemic virtue, luck or probability.
Attendance is free, but limited to 50 participants. Please register as soon as possible. We will follow the principle "first come, first served". For more information and online registration, please visit our conference website.
September 1, 2013, 10:00am CET
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