CFP: "How Am I Supposed To Know?" - Sources of Knowledge

Submission deadline: February 15, 2013

Conference date(s):
May 2, 2013 - May 4, 2013

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Conference Venue:

Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy, University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Topic areas


Contemporary debates on knowledge tend to revolve around the acquisition of knowledge, the conference will therefore focus on the sources of knowledge. Possible candidates for such sources of knowledge seem to be perception, memory, logical reasoning, testimony, or intuitions. But there is no agreement on which of these are sources of knowledge in their own right, and which can be reduced to others; in which epistemological processes they are involved; or what sort of justification they each require or yield.

In order to tackle these questions we invite high-quality papers from graduate students on the following or related topics:

  • Reductionism and non-reductionism in the case of testimony
  • Do testimony or memory transmit knowledge or do they generate new knowledge?
  • What connection is there between trust and testimony?
  • What are intuitions?
  • Can knowledge be obtained through intuitions, and if so, how?
  • Is theory ladenness a problem for perception as a source of knowledge?
  • How is a priori knowledge possible?
  • Is all / some / any knowledge propositional?

Submission information:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 28, 2013
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2013

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be in English and prepared for blind review. The author’s name, affiliation, the title of the submitted paper, and e-mail address must be included in a separate document. Files can be submitted in PDF, RTF or DOC(X) and should be sent to [email protected].

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy and faculty members of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Accepted papers should be suitable for a 30-min presentation (approx. 3.000 words).


Attendance of the conference is free, but participants are asked to register by e-mail to [email protected]

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