Investigating Conscious Acquaintance
London WC1E 7HU
- Norwegian University of Science & 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.
June 19, 2016, 9:00am BST
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