Epistemic Value

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Value Theory and Epistemology Workshop

This is just to let you know that all the papers are now posted for the Value Theory and Epistemology workshop that we're hosting here this weekend. Click here for more details. It should be a great event, and I'm certainly looking forward to it.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Steglich-Petersen on the Aim of Belief

Asbjorn Steglich-Petersen has kindly drawn my attention to his new PQ paper on the aim of belief. Here's the abstract and link:

Abstract: Does transparency in doxastic deliberation entail a constitutive
norm of correctness governing belief, as Shah and Velleman argue? No,
because this presupposes an implausibly strong relation between normative
judgements and motivation from such judgements, ignores our interest in
truth, and cannot explain why we pay different attention to how much
justification we have for our beliefs in different contexts. An alternative
account of transparency is available: transparency can be explained by the
aim one necessarily adopts in deliberating about whether to believe that p.
To show this, I reconsider the role of the concept of belief in doxastic
deliberation, and I defuse 'the teleologian's dilemma'.

Blackwell Synergy link.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Around the Blogs

Two items of blog news of particular relevance to readers of this blog:

Our very own J. Adam Carter is posting lots of great stuff on epistemic value on his Virtue Epistemology blog.

See also Guy Axtell's excellent JanusBlog, which keeps returning to the issue.

In other news:

Martin Davies has a new paper on epistemic transmission posted on Carrie Jenkin's site, Long Words Bother Me.

Clayton Littlejohn is sticking it to the evidentialist over at Think Tonk (hurrah, says I).

Greco has put up an interesting post on Joe Salerno's Knowability blog. Click here. This is a great paper I think (I commented on it at the recent Aberdeen conference on moral contextualism)--I think a version of it will be forthcoming in PQ

And I think that's it! Don't forget to log-on to the webpage for our Social Epistemology conference next year, since the line-up is now complete, and pretty bloody impressive (if I do say so myself).