Realism v Equilibrism about Philosophy
Daniel Stoljar (Australian National University)

August 10, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm

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University of Iceland
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
University of Iceland

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This is the fifth event in a series of online workshops affiliated with the international research project "Understanding Progress, in Science and Beyond", which is hosted at the University of Iceland. 

The theme of this fourth workshop is philosophical progress and consists in a talk which will be given by Daniel Stoljar (ANU) followed by a discussion section. The event is open to all who are interested in listening in and/or participating in the Q&A. The schedule is as follows: 

10:00 AM, GMT - Zoom link opens.

10:15 AM, GMT - Daniel Stoljar (ANU): Realism v Equilibrism about Philosophy.

According to the realist about philosophy, the goal of philosophy is to come to know the truth about philosophical questions; according to what Helen Beebee calls equilibrism, by contrast, the goal is rather to place one’s commitments in a coherent system. In this paper, I present a critique of equilibrism in the form Beebee defends it, paying particular attention to her suggestion that various meta-philosophical remarks made by David Lewis may be recruited to defend equilibrism. At the end of the paper, I point out that a realist about philosophy may also be a pluralist about philosophical culture, thus undermining one main motivation for equilibrism. 

11:00 AM, GMT - Short break.

11:10 AM, GMT - Q&A.

12:00 PM, GMT - Event ends.


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Time: Aug 10, 2021 10:00 AM Reykjavik

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