2018 4th East‐West Philosophy Forum ‘The epistemic responsibilities of the Humanities’

The East-West Philosophy Forum is an annual conference which brings together scholars from the east and the west to exchange and discuss their philosophical research.

05/30/2018 | 12:00 AM

The East-West Philosophy Forum is an annual conference which brings together scholars from the east and the west to exchange and discuss their philosophical research.

The 4th East-West Philosophy Forum was hosted at the VU, and the theme for this year’s forum was the Epistemic Responsibility of the Humanities, which focuses not only on what the humanities should do with the various epistemic goods it produces, such as knowledge, understanding, and intellectual virtue, but also on how and why it should do this. The conference was thus truly intradisciplinary, featuring work in the philosophy of the humanities, as well as perspectives from east Asian philosophy, moral philosophy, and epistemology.
It featured many interesting talks, spanning political epistemology (Prof. Shane Ryan “Fake News, Epistemic Environmentalism, and State Intervention”, and Prof. Nikolaj Pedersen “Data analysis and social media), theoretical epistemology (Prof. Leo K.C. Cheung “Epistemic Risk and Safety”), moral philosophy (Prof. Yong Huang “Responsibility to Know the Other: Epistemic and Moral”, and Prof. Christina Chuang “Egoism and the Desire to be Liked”), the philosophy of the humanities (Prof. René van Woudenberg, “How the Humanities Differ from the Sciences”, and the keynote address from Prof. Jason Baehr on “Democracy, Information Technology, and Intellectual Character Education”.

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