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Faculty of Philosophy


Knowledge in dictionary 28 - 29 June 2013

Munby Room
King's College

The word ‘know’ finds a comfortable and colloquial equivalent in every human language, which suggests that the concept of knowledge plays important roles in human life and thought. In recent years, a number of philosophers have investigated the various roles or purposes of knowledge attributions in epistemic evaluation. This workshop seeks to advance the debate by bringing together scholars working in epistemology and related areas. We are interested in exploring any topics that are concerned with the roles of knowledge (or the word ‘knowledge’) in human life.


Friday June 28
1:30 - 2:00 Greetings, Coffee, Juice, and Snacks
2:00 - 3.30 Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge)
  Knowing and Understanding
  Commentator: Emil Moeller (Oxford)
3:30 - 5.00 Mikkel Gerken (Copenhagen)
  If the Word ‘Knowledge’ Did Not Exist, Would it be Necessary to Invent it?
  Commentator: Natalie Ashton (Edinburgh)
30 minute break  
5:30 - 7:00 Stephen Hetherington (University of New South Wales)
  Knowledge as Potential for Action
  Commentator: Nick Hughes (St Andrews/CSMN)
7:30 Workshop Dinner (at Bella Italia)
Saturday June 29
9:00 - 9:30 Greetings, Coffee, Juice, and Snacks
9:30 - 11:00 Michael Hannon (Cambridge)
  Stabilizing ‘Knowledge’
  Commentator: Robin McKenna (Edinburgh)
11:00 - 12:30 Jessica Brown (Arché, St Andrews)
  Impurism and the Social Role of Knowledge
  Commentator: Sebastian Nye (Cambridge)
1.5 hour lunch King's College, Great Hall
2:00 - 3.30 Clayton Littlejohn (King's College London)
  Knowledge, Reasons, and Causes
  Commentator: Chris Cowie (Cambridge)

Workshop Venue: Munby Room, King's College.
This room is located on the second floor of A Staircase. The entrance to A Staircase is on the left of the two brown doors leading into the college bar.

Abstracts for each talk are listed here.

This workshop was made possible by the generous support of the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge, the Analysis Trust and the Aristotelian Society