Genealogies and Belief

September 19, 2024
Department of Philosophy, UC Irvine

HG 1010 & 1030
Humanities Gateway
Irvine 92697
United States

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Recent epistemology has seen an upsurge of interest in the historical profile of our beliefs and judgments (doxastic attitudes more generally). This is reflected in contemporary philosophical debates over the epistemic significance of etiological or genealogical challenges, debunking arguments, and irrelevant influences on beliefs. This workshop aims to provide a form for graduate students to present their research and engage with novel work relating to this emerging area in contemporary philosophy. As such, each presenter will be paired with a graduate student commentator to provide feedback on their work. The workshop will welcome graduate student presentations on the following (non-exhaustive) list of questions:

  • What is the normative significance of etiological or genealogical critiques of beliefs and judgments?

  • Do facts about the historical profile of our beliefs and judgments make something salient about their epistemic status?

  • Should we ever give up our (philosophical, moral, aesthetic, religious, political) beliefs in response to etiological challenges?

  • Can the historical profile of our doxastic attitudes ever vindicate them or strengthen their epistemic standing?

  • Which facts or data should an etiological explanation of doxastic attitudes appeal to?

  • What methodological assumptions underlie the etiological explanations of our doxastic attitudes? 

Each presentation will last 30 minutes. This will be followed by comments for 15-20 minutes, and a 20-minute Q&A. Katia Vavova (Mount Holyoke College) will be the keynote speaker.

The graduate workshop will be held on Sept. 19th, 2024.

The workshop is supported by the Dept. of Philosophy and the Center for Knowledge, Technology, & Society (KTS) at UC Irvine.

Please contact Tanuj Raut ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

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