Ethics of Belief Workshop

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Department of Philosophy, Harvard University

Thompson Room, Barker Center
12 Quincy St.
Cambridge 02138
United States

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • Harvard's Provostial Funds for the Arts and Humanities

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University of Arizona
New York University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Southampton
University of Vermont
Harvard University
University of Richmond


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Please join us on March 2-3, 2018, for a workshop on the Ethics of Belief sponsored by Harvard University's Department of Philosophy and its Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities.

The workshop is free and open to all. Talks are not pre-read.

In addition to the speakers, commentators-at-large will include: Melissa Barry, Rima Basu, John Bengson, Andrew Chignell, Matthew Chrisman, David Christensen, Earl Conee, Charles Côté-Bouchard, Sinan Dogramaci, Kenny Easwaran, Kate Elgin, Branden Fitelson, Jane Friedman, Hilary Kornblith, Stephanie Leary, Berislav Marušić, Lisa Miracchi, Ram Neta, Graham Oddie, David Papineau, Robert Pasnau, Jim Pryor, Josh Schechter, Miriam Schoenfield, Susanna Siegel, Daniel Singer, Daniel Star, Sarah Stroud, Ema Sullivan-Bissett, Mike Titelbaum, Jonathan Vogel, Ralph Wedgwood, and Alex Worsnip.

- Schedule:

Day One: Friday, March 2nd

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Welcome breakfast

9:00 - 10:40 a.m.: Richard Foley (NYU), "Some Observations about Beliefs and Belief-Like Attitudes"

10:50 - 12:30 p.m.: Susanna Rinard (Harvard), "Believing for the Good of the World"

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Break for lunch (not provided)

2:30 - 4:10 p.m.: Jim Joyce (Michigan), "Why Epistemology Isn't Decision Theory"

4:20 - 6:00 p.m.: Miriam McCormick (Richmond), "No Kind of Reason Is the Wrong Kind of Reason"

Day Two: Saturday, March 3rd

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Welcome breakfast

9:00 - 10:40 a.m.: Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA), "Reasoning First"

10:50 - 12:30 p.m.: Conor McHugh (Southampton), "Attitudinal Control"

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Break for lunch (not provided)

2:30 - 4:10 p.m.: Kate Nolfi (UVM), "Belief Is Action-Oriented"

4:20 - 6:00 p.m.: Stewart Cohen (Arizona), "Against Practically Rational Believing"

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