[SydPhil] reminder: pre-read workshop on Steve Bland's Epistemic Virtue & Rationality

Mark Alfano mark.alfano at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 12:42:08 AEST 2022

Dear colleagues,

I hope you're well.

This is a reminder that Macquarie University will be hosting a pre-read
workshop on Steve Bland's forthcoming book, *Epistemic Virtue &
Rationality: Inside, Outside, and in Between*. The workshop will take place
on May 9, 11, and 13 at 1-4 PM in room C326 of 25 Wally's Walk.

The book's table of contents is in the postscript below. We will be
focusing on the more constructive chapters (1, 6, 7, 8, 9). If you are
interested in attending, please let me know by email, and I will send you
the draft of the book.

Best wishes,



*Chapter 1: Introduction*

1.1. The virtue-situation debate

1.2. Meliorism and person-situation independence

1.3. Non-meliorism and interactionism

1.4. The plan


*Chapter 2: The Psychological Sources of Cognitive Bias*

2.1. Heuristics and biases

2.2. Dual process models

2.3. Mindware problems and cognitive miserliness

2.4. Motivated reasoning

2.5. Solving the puzzles

*Chapter 3: Epistemic Virtue Theories*

3.1. Epistemic virtue theory

3.2. Responsibilism and reliabilism

3.3. Epistemic vice

3.4. Roberts & West

3.5. Samuelson & Church

3.6. A hybrid, holistic virtue epistemology

*Chapter 4: The Situationist Challenge, Part 1*

4.1. Ground for pessimism

4.2. Outside strategies

4.2.1. Bias eliminating strategies

4.2.2. Bias harnessing strategies

4.3. The situationist challenge

*Chapter 5: The Situationist Challenge, Part 2*

5.1. The situationist challenge to virtue responsibilism

5.2. The situationist challenge to virtue reliabilism

5.3. What’s next?


*Chapter 6: Epistemic Interactionism*

6.1. Ecological norms and epistemic adaptability

6.2. Psychological interactionism

6.2.1. Weak interactionism

6.2.2. Causal dependence: Scaffolded virtues

6.2.3. Reciprocal determinism: Scaffolding virtues and epistemic

6.3. Strategic coordination

*Chapter 7: Reliabilist Virtues and Ecological Rationality*

7.1. Kahneman on intuitive and statistical prediction

7.2. Heuristics and bounded rationality

7.3. Heuristics and ecological rationality

7.4. Epistemic recklessness and positive error cultures

7.5. Bias bias

7.6. Heuristics and radical uncertainty

7.7. Epistemic adaptability

*Chapter 8: Responsibilist Virtues and Collectivist Rationality *

8.1. Dogmatic closed-mindedness and myside bias

8.2. The enigma of reason

8.3. In defence of closed-mindedness

8.4. The enigma of scientific rationality

8.5. The dangers of collective deliberation

8.5.1. Group polarization

8.5.2. Social cascades and cognitive docility

8.5.3. Debiasing collectives

8.6. In defence of epistemic docility

8.7. The generation of cumulative culture

8.7.1. Scientific paradigms as cumulative culture

8.7.2. The essential tension

8.9. Epistemic accommodation

*Chapter 9: The Replication Crisis*

9.1. A crisis in confidence

9.2. Reliabilist vices: NHST

9.3. Responsibilist vices: Questionable research practices

9.4. Situational factors: Perverse incentives

9.5. Reciprocal determinism

9.6. Inside strategies: Reliabilist virtues

9.7. Inside-out strategies: Responsibilist virtues

9.8. Outside strategies: Incentives and constraints

9.9. Reciprocal determinism revisited

Mark Alfano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University
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