CFP: Call for Papers (Special Issue Synthese): The Epistemic Significance of Non-Epistemic Factors

Submission deadline: May 1, 2019

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Call for Papers (Special Issue Synthese): The Epistemic Significance of Non-Epistemic Factors

Guest Editors: Nikola A. Kompa (University of Osnabrück), Igal Kvart (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Andrea Robitzsch (University of Osnabrück)

We invite submissions of original papers for a Special Issue of Synthese on the topic “The Epistemic Significance of Non-Epistemic Factors”

The aim of the special issue is to investigate whether and how non-epistemic factors can be of epistemic significance with respect to knowledge ascriptions. More specifically, we focus on the ascribers’ practical interests, concerns and aims as they relate to four aspects of knowledge ascriptions: their semantics, their functions (i.e. pragmatic role), the norms they are governed by and their reason-providing property. The special issue aims at better understanding the various functions knowledge ascriptions serve, the way they are sensitive to the ascribers’ epistemic and non-epistemic interests, concerns, and aims, and the way in which they provide the addressees of knowledge ascriptions with epistemic reasons, epistemically significant practical reasons or pure practical reasons. Moreover, the special issue deals with the different ways in which epistemic and non-epistemic norms might interact in governing our epistemic practice.

Appropriate Topics for Submission include, among others:

·         Epistemic Contextualism and Invariantism

·         Pragmatic Encroachment Theories of Knowledge

·         Pragmatics of Knowledge Ascriptions

·         Epistemic and Non-Epistemic Function of Knowledge Ascriptions

Contributions must be original and not under review elsewhere. Each submission should include a separate title page containing the contact details for the author(s), a brief abstract and list of five keywords. All papers will be subject to double-blind peer-review.

Manuscripts should be submitted online through the Synthese Editorial Manager:

Please choose the appropriate article type for your submission by selecting

S.I.: The epistemic significance of non-epistemic factors

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For further details on how to prepare the manuscripts, please follow the author guidelines “Instructions for Authors” available on the journal’s website:

The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2019.

For further information, please contact Andrea Robitzsch

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