[SydPhil] Philosophy Seminar, 9 March, Simon Goldstein

Michael Nielsen michael.nielsen at sydney.edu.au
Thu Mar 3 15:39:56 AEDT 2022

Hello everyone,

We have our first talk in the seminar series in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney next week, Wednesday, 9/3, at 3:30pm. This is a hybrid seminar, so please join us on campus if you can!

Please see details below, including a Zoom link for those who prefer to attend remotely.

Simon Goldstein
Title: Omega Knowledge Matters
You omega know something when you know it, and know that you know it, and know that you know that you know it, . . . , and so on. This paper explains why omega knowledge matters, and explains how omega knowledge is possible. Omega knowledge matters for at least two reasons. First, it is the norm of assertion. Second, it is required for permissible action. While omega knowledge is important, existing accounts of omega knowledge are unsatisfying. One account embraces the KK thesis, and identifies knowledge with omega knowledge. This position struggles to make sense of inexact knowledge. The second account is skeptical, arguing that we have no omega knowledge of any ordinary claims about the world. This paper develops a new account of knowledge, by proposing the principle of Reflective Luminosity: if you know that you know something, then you omega know it. The paper argues that Reflective Luminosity offers a compromise between defenders of KK and skeptics about omega knowledge.

9/3, 3:30, Philosophy Dept. Seminar Room in the Quad
Zoom link: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/87332868669

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