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.”