CFP: Genealogies and Belief

Submission deadline: June 8, 2024

Conference date(s):
September 19, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, UC Irvine
Irvine, 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 speaker 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?

  • What set of 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. The workshop will end with a talk by the keynote speaker (TBA).

Submission Guidelines

  1. Papers should be no more than 4000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography, prepared for a 30 minute presentation. The document containing your submission should be fully anonymized, and sent to [email protected].

  2. Emails should also include a separate cover letter which lists your (i) name, (ii) institution, (iii) paper title, (iv) 200-word abstract, and (v) contact information.

The deadline for submitting papers is 11:59pm (PST) on Saturday, June 8th, 2024.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in the first two weeks of July.

The graduate workshop will be held on Sept. 19th, 2024. Katia Vavova (Mount Holyoke College) will be the keynote speaker.

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


If you have questions, email Tanuj Raut (at [email protected]

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