[SydPhil] UOW Philosophy Seminar, Spring 2014

michael kirchhoff michael.david.kirchhoff at gmail.com
Sat Aug 30 13:10:55 AEST 2014

UOW Philosophy Seminar, Spring 2014. All are welcome!

Speaker: Dr. Jason Kawall (Colgate University)

Title: Epistemic Exemplars and the Epistemic Point of View

Abstract: In this paper I have two mutually-informing goals: (i) To provide
accounts of epistemically exemplary agents, and epistemic ideals, and (ii)
to defend a wide epistemic point of view that reflects and captures these
accounts.  Broadly, my approach is one of attempting to achieve a
reflective equilibrium.  To determine whether an agent is doing
exceptionally well epistemically, we need to have some sense of what counts
as ‘epistemic’; on the other hand, by considering intuitive cases of
epistemically exemplary agents, we can come to have a better sense of the
extent and nature of the epistemic point of view.  I am thus examining
certain normative notions that seem to play important roles in ethics –
especially in virtue ethics - yet which play little role in most epistemic
thought.  But equally importantly, I hope to shed light on a viable, wide
epistemic point of view – one that is broader than that embraced by many

When: Wednesday 3 September
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Where: Building 19, room 2100

There will be a student seminar from 2:00 - 2:45pm, also in the Research


*Dr. Michael D. Kirchhoff *
Lecturer in Philosophy
School of Humanities and Social Enquiry
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong NSW 2522
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