The Social Epistemology of Argumentation
Professor Catarina Dutilh Novaes (University of Groningen)

November 2, 2017, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Department of Philosophy, Utrecht University

Room 0.04
Janskerkhof 15a


Utrecht University
Utrecht University
Hanno Sauer
Utrecht University

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Humans are famously a highly social species, and without collaboration with conspecifics a human being stands no chance to survive. At the same time, we compete with one another for resources at multiple levels. This combination of interdependence and competition means that exchange of information and of epistemic resources more generally among humans becomes a complex affair, involving both trust and vigilance. In my talk, I discuss the role of argumentation in the circulation and production of epistemic resources, relying on insights from social exchange theory, social epistemology, and argumentation theory.

About this series:

The Zeno Lectures at Utrecht Philosophy provide a welcoming forum for philosophers and anyone interested in philosophy alike to hear high quality talks and to engage in philosophical discussion. Lectures are held at regular Thursday afternoons in Utrecht’s historic city center. Refreshments are provided.

Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students.

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