Philosophy Colloquium: The Social Epistemology of Argumentation

Research Institute CLUE+, the Department of Philosophy, Study Association Icarus present: VU Philosophy Colloquium October 2018

10/17/2018 | 3:00 PM

DATE: Wednesday, 17 October
TIME: 15.30 – 17.00
VENUE: room HG-11A24, Main Building VU, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam.
Drinks and refreshments afterwards!

All are welcome to attend.

About the Talk:
Humans are famously a highly social species, and without collaboration with conspecifics a human being stands no chance to survive. At the same time, we compete with one another for resources at multiple levels. This combination of interdependence and competition means that exchange of information and of epistemic resources more generally among humans becomes a complex affair, involving both trust and vigilance. In my talk, I discuss the role of argumentation in the circulation and production of epistemic resources, relying on insights from social exchange theory, social epistemology, and argumentation theory. In particular, I address the conflicting evidence available on the effectiveness of argumentation for the transfer of epistemic resources and to change people's minds, which requires a nuanced account of what argumentation can and cannot do for us as epistemic agents in social contexts. (The talk will be a presentation of the main questions and ideas that will be further developed in my ERC project in the next years.)

About the Speaker:
Catarina Dutilh Novaes is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.She is also an external member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, and one of the Editors-in-Chief of Synthese. She is currently running an ERC Consolidator project, 'The Social Epistemology of Argumentation' (2018-2023). Her main fields of research are history and philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and social epistemology. She also has general interests in medieval philosophy, philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, general philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, issues pertaining to gender and race, and empirically-informed approaches to philosophy in general.


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