Debunking arguments in philosophy

October 3, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Department of Philosophy, Universität Tübingen

Forum Scientiarum
Doblerstraße 33

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  • Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung
  • Forum Scientiarum Tübingen

All speakers:

Matthew Braddock
University of Tennessee, Martin
Markus Christen
University of Zürich
Bahadir Eker
Universität Tübingen
Thomas Grundmann
Universität Köln
Christian Illies
University of Bamberg
Peter Königs
Universität Tübingen
Thomas Sattig
Universität Tübingen
Hanno Sauer
Tilburg University
Joseph Walsh
University of Kent
Silvan Wittwer
University of Edinburgh
Carel van Schaik
University of Zürich


Sabine Döring
Universität Tübingen
Peter Königs
Universität Tübingen

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Debunking arguments follow the logic of ‘you just believe that because…’. They are meant to undermine the justification of a belief by showing it to have a dubious causal history. While genealogical critiques are often decried as genetic fallacies, recent years have seen a renaissance of genetic debunking arguments, particularly in moral philosophy. Proponents of such arguments, most prominently Richard Joyce, Peter Singer, Joshua Greene and Sharon Street, draw on empirical assumptions about the origins of moral cognition to undermine the justification of certain ethical views.

The aim of the conference is to assess the merits and limitations of moral debunking arguments from various perspectives.


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October 2, 2014, 8:00pm CET

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