Seminar de cercetare DFT “Strategies for realist epistemologies of modality: a critical discussion”

Marți, 23 aprilie, în cadrul Seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică, Mihai Rusu, de la Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai din Cluj-Napoca, va susţine prezentarea intitulată „Strategies for realist epistemologies of modality: a critical discussion”. Întâlnirea va avea loc în Sala de Consiliu, începând cu ora 18.

Câteva cuvinte despre tema prezentării: „The main part of the talk will consist of a discussion of various types of realist modal epistemologies, most of which are well-known in the literature and have been the subject of vital debates: imagination-based accounts, counterfactual epistemology, theory-based accounts, and their offshoots. The aim is to argue for some rather modest general points about the strategies that are employed in these accounts in order to explain our knowledge of modal truth. The main question appears to be how much of the content of metaphysical modal notions can be informed through everyday (or perhaps naturalistic) cognitive and linguistic practices. If there is a gap between these practices and the content of our metaphysical modal assertions, as we believe there is, it appears that these accounts need to be supplemented by various principles, rules, tenets, etc. But this reflects back on the nature and content of philosophical notions: e.g., it seems that one may not be able to endorse an extreme externalist account of philosophical expressions and concepts, of the kind Williamson for instance favours, and at the same time draw out a substantial epistemology of these notions, as a robust interpretation of metaphysical modal truth seems to require.”

Seminar de cercetare DFT “Disagreement in Attitude and the Semantics of Perspectival Terms”

Miercuri, 17 aprilie, în cadrul Seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică, Dan Zeman, de la Universitatea din Viena, va susţine prezentarea intitulată „Disagreement in Attitude and the Semantics of Perspectival Terms”. Întâlnirea va avea loc în amfiteatrul Titu Maiorescu, începând cu ora 18.
Câteva cuvinte, din partea vorbitorului, despre tema prezentării: „In this talk, I tackle the notion of “disagreement in attitude”, as it has been employed in the recent debate over the semantics of perspectival expressions (expressions for the interpretation of which appeal to perspectives is needed – predicates of taste (“tasty”, “disgusting”), aesthetic adjectives (“beautiful”, “ugly”), moral terms (“good”, “bad”), epistemic vocabulary (“know”, “justified”) epistemic modals (“might”, “must”) etc.). I investigate the notion both as originally proposed, in the expressivist tradition, by C. L. Stevenson and as used by present day contextualists to fend off the challenge from faultless disagreement. My aim is to raise several critical points showing that the notion is problematic and thus that its use is not ultimately advisable for contextualists.”

Seminar de cercetare DFT “Charlatan Epistemology”

Miercuri, 10 aprilie, în cadrul Seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică, Koen Vermeir, de la  Laboratoire SPHERE, CNRS Paris, va susţine prezentarea intitulată „Charlatan Epistemology”. Întâlnirea va avea loc în amfiteatrul Titu Maiorescu, începând cu ora 18.
Câteva cuvinte despre tema prezentării: „We are living in a post-truth era with diminishing trust in science and in experts more generally. As a result, epistemology unexpectedly became central to politics and the practice of science. In order to empower epistemology in the vita activa, however, we need to expand its domain and revisit its goals. In this paper, I will argue for the need of a “charlatan epistemology” if we are to understand the current onslaught on truth and knowledge. I will pursue a history and philosophy of science approach in which I historicize charlatanism and look at particular case-studies that give insight in the potential of charlatan epistemology. At the end of my presentation, I will indicate how this historicization of charlatanism leads us to epistemological considerations: What is knowledge? How can it be faked? As artisans of trickery and deception, charlatans can be said to have created their own charlatan epistemology.”

Seminar de cercetare DFT „On the tension between mathematics and physics”

Miercuri, 3 aprilie, în cadrul Seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică, Prof. Miklós Rédei, de la London School of Economics and Political Science va susţine prezentarea intitulată „On the tension between mathematics and physics”.

Întâlnirea va avea loc în amfiteatrul Titu Maiorescu, începând cu ora 18.

Seminar de cercetare DFT „Does Time Travel Negate Free Will? Odd Thought Experiments and Possible Answers to them”

Miercuri, 27 martie, în cadrul Seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică, Bogdan Dumitrescu va susţine prezentarea intitulată „Does Time Travel Negate Free Will? Odd Thought Experiments and Possible Answers to them”.

Întâlnirea va avea loc în amfiteatrul Titu Maiorescu, începând cu ora 18.