Constructing the World: Author Meets Critics Workshop with David Chalmers

May 24, 2013 - May 26, 2013
Emmy Noether Group "Understanding and the A Priori"

Poppelsdorfer Castle

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Magdalena Balcerak Jackson
University of Cologne
Alex Byrne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Robin Jeshion
University of Southern California
Hannes Leitgeb
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
David Liebesman
Boston University
Barbara Vetter
Humboldt-University, Berlin
Mark Wilson
University of Pittsburgh

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The Emmy Noether research group "Understanding and the A Priori" is hosting an author-meets-critics workshop with David Chalmers to discuss themes from his new book, "Constructing the World" (Oxford University Press 2012). The book concerns "scrutability," the thesis that all the truths about the world can, in principle, be known on the basis of knowledge of just a limited class of basic truths. Chalmers argues for the scrutability thesis and investigates which sorts of basic truths can serve as the relevant "scrutability base". The book explores the implications of scrutability for a range of central philosophical issues: meaning and mental content, the existence of the analytic and the a priori, the refutation of skepticism, and the methodology of metaphysics, among others.

Participation in the workshop is open, but there is a limited number of available spaces, and email registration is required by April 30, 2013. There will be a workshop fee of 10 euros, payable at the workshop. For registration and inquiries, write to: [email protected].

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