Skepticism in the Real World

January 13, 2024 - January 14, 2024
Institute for Humanities Research , Arizona State University

Tempe 85013
United States

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University of Toronto, Mississauga


Arizona State University

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A common view about philosophical skepticism espoused by David Hume, Charles Sanders Peirce, Ludwig Wittgenstein and many other philosophers is that it is an esoteric theoretical invention with little practical relevance outside academic settings. This in-person workshop aims to investigate the extent to which skepticism lives in the "real" world. Skepticism is understood broadly to include not only global or Cartesian skepticism but also more local versions such as skepticism concerning the future, statistical evidence, morality and so on. By the "real" world we mean to include a variety of topics related to practical rationality, psychology, politics, science and society at large. 

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto)

Organizer: Ángel Pinillos. Funding: Institute for Humanities Research (Arizona State University)

Abstracts (1000 words) are due September 15, 2023. Email submissions to [email protected] (be sure to write “SRW24” on the subject line). We expect to feature approximately ten papers. Graduate students who present their papers will receive a $200 stipend to offset their travel expenses.

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