Between Ethics and Belief: Ethical Believing and the Epistemology of Ethics

June 11, 2019
CONCEPT, University of Cologne

University of Cologne

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Claremont McKenna College
Princeton University
University of St. Andrews
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Texas Tech University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Cologne

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In our contemporary context, agents have morally problematic beliefs. They fail to credit reliable testifiers in some situations, and over-credit others. They generalize on salient but irrelevant features (such as race, sex, sexual orientation) and reach morally problematic conclusions. These beliefs wrong others. Recent work contends that (i) sometimes beliefs that harm may be epistemically well supported, (ii) because the beliefs cause harm, we ought not believe them, and – most controversially – (iii) we ought to rethink our notion of epistemic justification to reflect that moral concerns affect whether a belief is epistemically justified.

 This conference will bring together leading voices within the debate on moral encroachment to discuss the ways in which moral requirements apply to belief, and whether these requirements conflict with epistemic requirements.

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June 6, 2019, 5:00am CET

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