Don’t know, don’t care – epistemic vices and ignorance

June 6, 2017 - June 8, 2017
Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy, University of Vienna

Universitätsstrasse 7
Vienna 1010

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

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Keynote speakers:

María Lasonen-Aarnio
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cardiff University


Natalie Ashton
University of Vienna
Katharina Bernhard
University of Vienna
Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum
University of Vienna

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Recently, there has been renewed interest in ignorance, and in particular, what it is about an epistemic agent that prevents them from acquiring knowledge or from taking acquired knowledge into account in their actions. We invite contributions dealing with questions like what such epistemic vices are (habits, character traits, …); what sorts of ignorance there are (ignorance that, ignorance how, 2nd order ignorance,…); what sort of epistemic vice entails what sort of ignorance; whether, and if so, when and how ignorance can or should be overcome; how to deal with insurmountable ignorance; how externalists vs internalists about knowledge deal with ignorance, etc.

We invite submissions from graduate students on the conference topic. We especially encourage submissions from members of groups that are underrepresented in academic philosophy.

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Tuesday 06/06/17


WELCOME MEETING – Café Diglas, Schottengasse

17:00 – 19.00 room 3D

Keynote 1: Maria Lasonen-Aarnio

Competent Failure, Incompetent Success



Wednesday 07/06/17

10:00 – 10:45 room 2i

Tim Smartt: Uniqueness, Luminosity, & Epistemic Guidance

11:00 – 11:45 room 2i

Selene Arfini: Understanding Ignorance as Invisible, Distributed, and Persistent: A Unifying Proposal

12:00 – 13:00 room 2i

Marie van Loon & Melanie Sarzano:
Naivety and Scepticism: Two Faces of the Same Coin

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:15 room 3D

Melanie Altanian: Epistemic Injustice in Scholarly Genocide Denial

15:30 – 16:15  room 3D

Charlie Crerar: Snobbery as an intellectual vice 

16:30 – 18:00 room 3D

Keynote 2: Alessandra Tanesini

Caring for esteem and intellectual reputation: some epistemic benefits and harms



Thursday 08/06/17

10:00 – 10:45 room 3D

Alice Moneypenny: When is there a right to challenge? Respectful discussion in different contexts.

11:00 – 11:45 room 3D

Dejan Makovec & Odin Kroeger et al.: Epistemic Lending with Interest 

12:00 – 12:45 room 3D

Michel Croce: Epistemic Paternalism and the Service Conception of Epistemic Authority

12:45 – 13.40 room 3D

Roundtable on Ignorance and Epistemic Vice

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