10th Annual University of Calgary Philosophy Graduate Conference

May 4, 2022 - May 5, 2022

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The Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary is hosting its 10th Annual Philosophy Graduate Conference on May 4th and May 5th. The theme of this year’s conference is the epistemology of disagreement. The conference will consist of 4 graduate student talks and two external keynotes. See the schedule below (all times are MT): 

May 4th, 2022

10:00am - 10:05am

Opening Remarks

10:05am - 10:55am

Belief-Credence Dualism and Epistemic Peer Disagreement

Joshua Brecka, University of Toronto

10:55am - 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am - 11:50am

Conciliationism and the Peer-Undermining Problem

Kevin Gausselin, University of Rochester

11:50am - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Address: Bias, Disagreement, and the Perspectival Character of Bias Attributions

Thomas Kelly, Princeton University

Abstract: In both everyday life and the sciences, much of our thought and talk about bias seems to be captured by the following idea: a bias involves a systematic departure from a norm. After explaining this idea, I attempt to demonstrate its theoretical fruitfulness by showing how it illuminates a familiar phenomenon: the fact that accusations of bias often prompt not only denials but also countercharges of bias. In such cases, a person who disagrees with the original accusation of bias claims that it's actually the accuser who is biased and it's this that explains why they mistakenly think that bias is present even though it isn’t. I explore the circumstances in which we are rationally required to believe that those who disagree with us are not only mistaken but also biased simply because they disagree with us in the way that they do.

May 5th, 2022

10:00am - 10:05am

Opening Remarks

10:05am - 10:55am

Open-Mindedness and the Norm of Inquiry

Oushinar Nath, University College London

10:55am - 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am - 11:50am

Disagreement and Philosophical Progress,

Tom Kaspers, University of St. Andrews

11:50am - 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Address: Preemption and the Problem of the Predatory Expert

Jennifer Lackey, Northwestern University

Abstract: What kind of reasons for belief are provided by the testimony of experts? In a world where we are often inundated with fake news, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, this question is more pressing than ever. A prominent view in the philosophical literature maintains that the reasons provided by experts are preemptive in that they normatively screen off, or defeat, other relevant reasons. In this paper, I raise problems for this conception of expertise, including a wholly new one that I call the Problem of the Predatory Expert, which targets both original versions of preemption as well as new, modified ones that aim to avoid some of the standard objections.

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May 4, 2022, 9:00am MST

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