The conference will be on March 29th and 30th in the Wolff Conference Room, D1103, 6 E 16th Street.
Celebrating Yirmiyahu Yovel
Friday, March 29th
Chair: Richard J. Bernstein
9 AM – 11 AM: Agnes Heller “The Other Within”
11 AM – 1 PM: Jay Bernstein “Yovel and Hegel’s Phenomenology
2 PM – 4 PM: James Dodd “The Historical Antinomy”
4PM – 6PM: Jonathan Yovel “Normativity as a Poetic Quality”
Saturday, March 30th
Chari: Dmitri Nikulin
9 AM – 11 AM: Joel Whitebook “Immanence, Finitude, and Emancipation: A Psychoanalytic Perspective”
11 AM – 1 PM: Omri Boehm “Immanence, Knowledge, and Immortality: Spinoza’s Ethics as an Inversion of the Biblical Fall”
2 PM – 4 PM: Chiara Bottici “Marrano of Reason”
4 PM – 6 PM: Eli Friedlander “On the Different Ways to the Highest Good”
The REC is a pre-read conference. The papers will be made available on April 15.
Friday, May 3, 2019
1:30 – 3:15 pm
Alex Byrne (MIT)
3:45 – 5:30 pm
Susanna Rinard (Harvard)
7:30 – 9:15 pm
Jonathan Kvanvig (Washington University St Louis)
Reception 9:30 – 11:00 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:30 – 11:15 am
Anil Gupta (University of Pittsburgh)
11:45 – 1:30 pm Winner of the Young Epistemologist Prize
2:45 – 4:30 pm
Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (University of Helsinki)
Heather Battaly (University of Connecticut)
John Bengson (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Annalisa Coliva (University of California Irvine)
Thomas Kelly (Princeton)
Chris Copan, Andy Egan, Megan Feeney, Peter Klein, Matthew McGrath, Susanna Schellenberg, Ernie Sosa
The REC is a pre-read conference, so papers are to be read in advance. There is no registration fee for the conference, but please notify Megan Feeney, the conference manager, if you plan to attend by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to participate in the meals, please send a check made out to “Rutgers University” to Megan Feeney by April 15 ($80 if you are a faculty member or a postdoc; $60 if you are a graduate student or an undergraduate): Megan Feeney; Rutgers Epistemology Conference; 106 Somerset St, 5th Floor; New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Friday May 10
- 1pm: Rachel Goodman (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
1:30pm: Jake Quilty-Dunn (University of Oxford)
On Elisabeth Camp’s “Putting Thoughts to Work”
4:30pm: John Kulvicki (Darmouth College)
On Jacob Beck’s “Perception is Analog”
Saturday May 11
- 1pm: Jacob Beck (York University)
On Jake Quilty-Dunn’s “Perceptual Pluralism”
4pm: Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
On John Kulvicki’s “Modeling the Meanings of Pictures”
The Five Essential Readings for the Conference
The conference is predicated on the assumption that everyone in attendance will have read all five of these essays:
- John Haugeland, Representational Genera
- Elisabeth Camp, Putting Thoughts to Work
- Jacob Beck, Perception Is Analog
- Jake Quilty-Dunn, Perceptual Pluralism
- John Kulvicki, Modeling The Meanings of Pictures (excerpt)
Some Helpful Background Readings
Here are ten additional readings that help to fill in some of the background to the topics that will be discussed at the conference. Those new to these topics might start with the Kulvicki, Camp, and Giardino and Greenberg readings, and then move on to the others.
- John Kulvicki, Images in Mind
- Elisabeth Camp, Thinking With Maps
- Valeria Giardino and Gabriel Greenberg, Introduction: Varieties of Iconicity
- John Haugeland, Analog and Analog
- Fred Dretske, Sensation and Perception
- Jerry Fodor, Preconceptual Representation
- Michael Rescorla, Cognitive Maps and the Language of Thought
- Tyler Burge, Origins of Perception
- Tyler Burge, Steps Towards Origins of Propositional Thought
- Jacob Beck, The Generality Constraint and the Structure of Thought
- Whit Schonbein, Varieties of Analog and Digital Representation
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Zed Adams at email@example.com.
Thursday, May 16th
|9:00-9:30 am||Breakfast (Provided)|
|9:30-9:45 am||Opening Remarks, James Swenson, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs|
|9:45-10:45 am||Session 1 – Tom Bever, “Foundational cognitive science themes that Jerry explored”|
|10:45-11:00 am||Coffee Break|
|11:00 am – Noon||Session 2 – Rochel Gelman, “Innate learning and beyond: The case of number”|
|Noon – 2:30 pm||Lunch (Not provided, see below for options)|
|2:30-3:30 pm||Session 3 – Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, “What Jerry and I got right about what Darwin got wrong”|
|3:30-3:45 pm||Coffee Break|
|3:45-4:45 pm||Session 4 – David Rosenthal, “Fodor’s Representationalism”
|4:45-5:45 pm||Session 5 – Terry Horgan, “Morphological content and chromatic illumination in belief fixation”|
|6:00 pm||Dinner Reception Open to All (6th Floor WEST Wing of the Academic Building)|
Friday, May 17th
|9:00-9:15 am||Breakfast (Provided)|
|9:15-10:15 am||Session 6 – Louise Antony, “Not psychological, but not brutely causal either”|
|10:15-10:30 am||Coffee Break|
|10:30-11:30 am||Session 7 – Kevan Edwards, “Fodor* on concepts, Frege’s Problem, and the division of explanatory labor”|
|11:30 am – 12:30 pm||Session 8 – Eric Margolis, “Understanding concept nativism”|
|12:30-3:00 pm||Lunch (Not provided, see below for options)|
|3:00-4:00 pm||Session 9 – Susan Schneider, “Conscious machines? A sober-minded approach”|
|4:00-4:15 pm||Coffee Break|
|4:15-5:15 pm||Session 10 – Georges Rey, “Fodor’s mis-guided Quineanism”|
|5:15-6:15 pm||Session 11 – Randy Gallistel, “It’s numbers all the way down”|
|6:15-6:30 pm||Closing Remarks|
Space is limited, so if you plan to attend, please click here to RSVP.
ERIK OLIN WRIGHT spent the last years of his life thinking about ways to challenge and transform capitalist societies. He distilled his thinking in a book, How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century (Verso, 2019). The symposium is designed to launch a debate about the strengths and weaknesses of Wright’s approach. We seek to both honor our colleague’s memory and assure that his ideas become part of current discussions of socialism and socialist strategy. The event will consist of three panels during the day and an evening session that will include tributes to Wright and a keynote by his friend, Ira Katznelson.
This event is co-sponsored by the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School for Social Research, and the journal, Politics & Society.
Ian Hacking wrote that probability is a Janus-faced concept with one face looking toward the world and the other toward the mind. The face looking toward the world is central to laws and explanations in physics (especially quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics) and the special sciences. The face looking toward the mind is central to epistemology and decision theory. This conference concerns both aspects and especially their relation to each other. What is probability that it possesses both aspects? This three-day conference will focus on answering this and related questions.
There is no registration fee and attendance is open to all; however, RSVP is required. Please RSVP here before Oct 15, if you plan to attend. All are welcome!
General information is available here.
Barry Loewer (Rutgers)
Denise Dykstra (Rutgers)
David Albert (Columbia)
Valia Allori (NIU)
Katie Elliott (UCLA)
Ned Hall (Harvard)
Carl Hoefer (Barcelona)
Jenann Ismael (Columbia)
Christopher Meacham (Amherst)
Wayne Myrvold (Western)
Richard Pettigrew (Bristol)
Jack Spencer (MIT)
(A detailed schedule is available here.)
Thursday, October 24
- 3:00 – 6:00: Metaphysics of Objective Probability: Ned Hall (Harvard); Jenann Ismael (Columbia).
Friday, October 25
- 9:00 – 9:50: Breakfast in the philosophy department
- 9:50 – 10:00: Welcome & Introductory Remarks (Barry Loewer)
- 10:00 – 1:00: Chance: Katie Elliott (UCLA); Christopher Meacham (Amherst).
- 1:00 – 2:30: Lunch
- 2:30 – 5:30: Probabilities in the Special Sciences: Carl Hoefer (Barcelona); Wayne Myrvold (Western Ontario).
Saturday, October 26
- 9:00 – 10:00: Breakfast in the philosophy department
- 10:00 – 1:00: Chance-Credence Principles: Richard Pettigrew (Bristol); Jack Spencer (MIT).
- 1:00 – 2:30: Lunch
- 2:30 – 5:30: Typicality and the Statistical Postulate: David Albert (Columbia); Valia Allori (NIU).
Please contact the conference organizers (LawsAndChanceProject@gmail.com) if you have any questions.
Call for papers:
All papers in English on philosophical topics are
invited. Papers should between 3,000-5,000 words,
include an abstract, and contain no identifying
Please submit papers by January 20th, 2019 to
name, institution, and title of paper in body of email.
Papers should feature significant original
scholarship beyond literature review or exegesis of
another author’s argument.