CFP: The Cologne Knowledge Router

Submission deadline: May 2, 2021

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The Cologne Knowledge Router: Call for Commentators

The Cologne Center for Contemporary Epistemology and the Kantian Tradition (CONCEPT) organizes a monthly online talk series: the Cologne Knowledge Router. For each of the installments of the Router, CONCEPT invites established philosophers to present their work on a topic within the scope of traditional, social, and formal epistemology. By including early career scholars as commentators, the Router supports a horizontal knowledge transfer on all levels of experience. The main aim of each meeting is an interactive discussion on the presented topic.


The fifth installment of the Cologne Knowledge Router will take place on May 21 at 4 p.m. CET, and it will be held via Zoom.

Exactly as any of the other installments, it will consist of a talk by the keynote speaker and a commentary by one or two early career respondents. The keynote speaker will have around 30 minutes to present their paper. Each respondent will then have about 10 minutes to comment on the speaker’s paper. The Q&A will be a further 30 minutes.

We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for this installment of the Router will be Sophie Horowitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst). She will present her paper entitled ‘Learning to Guess Right’. The abstract is below:

Conditionalization is a popular rule constraining how a person’s degrees of belief should change in response to new evidence. But the traditional argument for conditionalization, put in terms of betting behavior, is too focused on action; other arguments, which focus on accuracy, bake in controversial assumptions and are hard to interpret. I will provide a new accuracy-based argument for this rule: I will argue that conditionalization is a good idea because it helps us make true guesses.


The commentators will be selected on the basis of a call for abstracts. We thus invite submissions of anonymized abstracts of a maximum length of 500words. Submissions from academics from underrepresented groups in philosophy are especially encouraged. 

The submission deadline is: May 3, 2021.

Abstracts should be ready for double-blind review. We thus ask you to remove any identifying details from the abstract. We kindly ask you to send the author’s nameand affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

All submissions and inquiries should be sent to:

Expect notifications about the outcome by: May 7, 2021.

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