Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice

July 3, 2017 - July 4, 2017
Philosophy Department, University of Sheffield

The Diamond, workroom 1
32 Leavygreave Rd
Sheffield S3 7RD
United Kingdom

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  • The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Selected speakers:

Illinois State University
University of Connecticut
Havi Carel
University of Bristol
Quassim Cassam
University of Warwick
Miranda Fricker
City University of New York
Ian James Kidd
University of Nottingham

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We are pleased to announce that the Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference for 2017 will take place at the University of Sheffield on the topic of ‘Harms and Wrongs in Epistemic Practice’.

How we engage in epistemic practice, including our methods of knowledge acquisition and transmission, the personal traits that help or hinder these activities, and the social institutions that facilitate or impede them, is of central importance to our lives as individuals and as participants in social and political activities. In the past decade, sustained philosophical attention has turned to the various ways in which this practice can and does go awry, and the epistemic, moral, and political harms and wrongs that follow. The aim of this conference is to draw attention to the full range of these harms and wrongs. We hope to bring together a range of theorists working on a diverse variety of relevant topics in order to spark new insights and forge new interconnections.

Relevant topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Epistemic vice and vices
  • The effects of social positioning on one’s epistemic life
  • Epistemologies of ignorance
  • The problems of persistent disagreement
  • Feminist epistemology, critical race epistemology, and other critical epistemologies
  • Non-ideal aspects of trust and testimony
  • The role of social structures in perpetrating or sustaining epistemic harms and wrongs
  • Topics in applied epistemology (medical, political, educational, etc.)

This conference has been organised in accordance with the BPA/SWIP-UK Good Practice Scheme.

Organising committee: Simon Barker, Charlie Crerar, Trystan Goetze

Please direct all enquiries to: [email protected]

Further information, including full details on how to submit to present at the conference, is available at: 

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