Logic, Formal Methods & Epistemology
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In this seminar, we will cover various "hot topics" in contemporary epistemology. The main focus/theme of the seminar will be on the (epistemic) normative status of logic and formal methods (e.g., the epistemic-normative role of deductive logic, and similar questions for various "inductive logical" frameworks). Other topics will include the nature of evidence (e.g., is evidence factive and can there be "knowledge from falsehood"?), coherence requirements (e.g., is coherence a requirement of epistemic rationality?), and full vs partial belief as a foundation for epistemology (e.g., "probabilism" and other non-traditional frameworks for epistemology, as opposed to traditional "full belief" approaches). We will have various guest presenters throughout the term, including Joyce, Weisberg, Kotzen, Titelbaum, and our own MacFarlane, Roush, Kolodny, and Buchak.
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All texts for the course will be made available in electronic format on this page – either in HTML or Adobe PDF format. In order to read/print/search, etc. our PDF files (note: all the PDF files available here are fully searchable), you will need Adobe Reader 6 (or another reader that can read PDF version 6 files). I recommend that you download the latest version of Adobe Reader asap (it's free). See the tentative schedule, below, for all readings (both required and supplementary).
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Current course information can be found on the course web site, at:
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can read Acrobat PDF version 6 files).
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Tentative Schedule (subject to change – so stay tuned)
Week 0 (1/19): Syllabus, Overview, etc.
Week 1 (1/28, 4–6pm, Dennes Room): Guest Presenter: Jim Joyce. Topic: Inference and Decision Making With Imprecise Probabilities
Week 2 (2/2): Some Background on The Normativity of Deductive Logic
Week 3 (2/9):Guest Presenter: John MacFarlane. Topic: The Normativity of Deductive Logic
[Note: the seminar will not meet on February 16th.]
Week 4 (2/23): Guest Presenter: Justin Bledin. Topic: Is Formal Coherence a Myth?
Week 5 (3/2): Guest Presenter: Rebecca Millsop. Topic: The Nature of Normativity in Kant’s Philosophy of Logic
Week 6 (3/9): Knowledge From Falsehood
Week 8 (3/16): Guest Presenter: Mike Titelbaum. Topic: Bootstrapping, Externalism, and No-Lose Epistemology
Week 9 (3/30): Guest Presenter: Matt Kotzen. Topic: "Does Evidence Flow?"
Week 10 (4/6): Guest Presenter: Jonathan Weisberg. Topic: Belief, Partial and Full
Week 11 (4/13): Guest Presenter: Sherri Roush. Topic: The Re-Calibrating Bayesian
Week 12 (4/20): Guest Presenter: Lara Buchak. Topic: Is it Rational to Have Faith?
Week 13 (4/27): Guest Presenter: Niko Kolodny. Topic: On Reason and Rationality
Week 14 (5/4): Guest Presenter: Justin Bledin. Topic: Formal Coherence is a Myth
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