KAIL at 20: Knowledge and its Limits at 20

November 5, 2020 - November 6, 2020
Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Knowledge and its Limits at 20 Conference to be held at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, ***NEW DATE: 5-6 November, 2020***.

New: the conference will be held online. Pre-registration is required. Open to all!

Invited speakers: Jessica Brown (St Andrews), Pascal Engel (EHESS, Paris), Anne Meylan (Zurich), Jennifer Nagel (Toronto), Johannes Roessler (Warwick), Timothy Williamson (Oxford).

Timothy Williamson's Knowledge and its Limits has a good claim to being the most influential monograph in contemporary epistemology. Knowledge and its Limits is a major source of current debates about the nature and norms of assertion and belief, the difficulties attending the analysis of knowledge as justified true belief, and the anti-luminosity of knowledge, and has inspired many to pursue a knowledge-centered approach to such issues as confirmation, evidence and justification. Williamson's "knowledge-first" program has been widely debated and even its staunchest opponents admit that it is a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary epistemological landscape.

The twentieth anniversary of the publication of Knowledge and its Limits seems a perfect occasion to assess the book’s contribution and the research program it generated with a degree of hindsight, and to evaluate the implications of the knowledge-first approach in areas beyond epistemology such as the philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. This is the rationale behind the international conference Knowledge and its Limits at 20 (Geneva, 5-6 November 2020). We hope that it will provide a comprehensive assessment of the knowledge-first approach, as well as opening up new perspectives on its implications both inside and outside epistemology.

The conference is part of the "Knowledge, Action, and Factive Mental States" project (PI: prof. Fabrice Teroni). Conference organizers: Fabrice Teroni and Arturs Logins.



 Thursday, November 5 (Geneva time)

11.00 Timothy Williamson, Oxford: Where did it come from, where will it go?

14.00 Anne Meylan, University of Zurich: TBA

15.45 Jessica Brown, Saint Andrews: Blameless belief

17.15 Parallel Session 1. (30 min for presentation and 15 min for Q&A)

[Session 1A] Bob Beddor, National University of Singapore and Carlotta Pavese, Cornell University: Skills as Knowledge

[Session 1B] Max Goetsch, Freie Universität Berlin: Knowledge and its Modality

Friday, November 6 (Geneva time)

9.30 Johannes Roessler, Warwick: Do we need a theory of perceptual justification?

11.00 Pascal Engel, EHESS, Paris: Can there be a knowledge first social epistemology ? 

14.00 Jennifer Nagel, Toronto: The hidden primacy of knowledge (and its limits)

15.45 Parallel session 2

[Session 2A] Dario Mortini, University of Glasgow: Knowledge-first: Metaphysical Credentials

[Session 2B] Yair Levy, Tel Aviv University: The Priority of Intentional Action: From Developmental to Conceptual Priority

16.45 Parallel session 3

[Session 3A] Michael Cohen, Stanford University: Inexact Knowledge and Dynamic Introspection

[Session 3B] Wes Skolits, University of St Andrews/Rutgers University: Perception as a Way of Knowing: A Defense


For people not physically present in Geneva who are interested in attending the talk via zoom, there are two links for registration. Link 1: to register for keynote talks and parallel sessions A. Please register by clicking on the following link: https://unige.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iMERfZzqTkS1ODlaUo066g. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. From then on, you will be able to virtually attend keynote talks during both days  just by clicking on the same link above, at scheduled time. Link  2: to register for talks of the parallel sessions B, please click here: https://unige.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O0woqyzVQeClk61kzaGnZA

If you want to attend the conference online, please register before November 4.


Abstracts for parallel sessions are here: https://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/files/5216/0271/0920/Abstracts_for_parallel_sessions.pdf. 


The conference Knowledge and its Limits at 20 will be hosted online. For those of you who will be physically present in Geneva, Switzerland, we will meet at the Biotech campus of the University of Geneva, where we will attend the broadcast together. The number of physical places is limited, please contact the organizers if you are interested in an in-person presence.

Talks will be recorded and available online after the conference on the conference website.

The conference is part of the "Knowledge, Action, and Factive Mental States" project (PI: prof. Fabrice Teroni). Conference organizers: Fabrice Teroni and Arturs Logins.

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