CFP: The Cologne Knowledge Router

Submission deadline: October 11, 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 sixth installment of The Cologne Knowledge Router will take place on October 29 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 our keynote speaker will beMona Simion (University of Glasgow). She will present a paper entitled ‘A Puzzle for the Normativity of Inquiry’. The abstract is below:

This talk looks at a puzzle affecting views that take epistemic norms to be zetetic norms – i.e. norms of inquiry: since garden variety epistemic norms and straightforward norms of inquiry often come in conflict, and since it is implausible, for any given normative domain, that it should be such that it is peppered with internal normative conflict, it cannot be that epistemic norms are inquiry norms. I look at three ways to escape the puzzle, I argue that they don't work, and put forth my own account. On this view, one is only the subject of epistemic normativity proper insofar as one is in a position to know. As such, I argue, normative conflicts do not arise in situations in which one is not in a position to know that p in virtue of inquiring into whether q.



The commentators will be selected on the basis of a call for expressions of interest. We thus invite submissions of lettersof a maximum length of 500 words showinginterest in commenting on the speaker’s paper. Submissions from academics from underrepresented groups in philosophy are especially encouraged. 

The submission deadline is: October 11, 2021.

All submissions and related inquiries should be sent to: [email protected].

Expect notifications about the outcome by: October 15, 2021.

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