Saving Safety? Problems and Prospects of Safety-Based Accounts of Knowledge

September 30, 2013 - October 2, 2013
University of Bonn

Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Stucksaal
Meckenheimer Allee 171
Bonn 53115

Selected speakers:

Dominik Balg
Universität Köln
Sven Bernecker
University of California, Irvine
Elke Brendel
University of Bonn
Berit Brogaard
University of Missouri St. Louis
Juan Comesaña
University of Arizona
Julian Dutant
University of Geneva
Linus Eusterbrock
Universität Köln
Florian Fisher
University of Bonn
Wolfgang Freitag
University of Heidelberg
Sanford Goldberg
Northwestern University
Thomas Grundmann
Universität Köln
Frank Hofmann
University of Luxembourg
Christopher Kelp
University of Leuven
Jens Kipper
Universität Köln
Ernest Sosa
Rutgers University
Erik Stei
University of Bonn


Elke Brendel
University of Bonn
Thomas Grundmann
Universität Köln

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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.

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September 1, 2013, 10:00am CET

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