Investigating Conscious Acquaintance

June 20, 2016 - June 21, 2016
Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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  • Norwegian University of Science & Technology

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Bill Brewer
Kings College London
Imogen Dickie
University of Toronto
Jorgen Dyrstad
King's College London
University of Copenhagen
Anil Gomes
Oxford University
Chris Hoerl
University of Warwick
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Joseph Levine
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Michael G. F. Martin
University College London
Thomas Raleigh
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Thomas Raleigh
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Bertrand Russell famously distinguished between “Knowledge by Acquaintance” and “Knowledge by Description” and claimed that Acquaintance plays a fundamental role in our cognitive lives. For much of the latter half of the 20th century the notion of ‘Acquaintance’ fell into disrepute. But in recent years the idea of an Acquaintance relation has undergone a very marked revival of fortunes, with many different theorists invoking some version of the notion in a range of different philosophical projects and with a potentially bewildering array of different senses – though of course there are still many philosophers who remain sceptical of any such idea.

This conference aims to shed some light on Acquaintance, investigating what exactly the relation is supposed to be and what philosophical work it is supposed to do.

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