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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Thought Experiments, Counterfactuals and Modal Knowledge, 2-3 Sep 2013, Berlin, GERMANY

In philosophy, claims of knowledge are often based on considering non-actual scenarios. But 
it is not so clear what explains and justifies such practices. Opposing the 
traditional view that the knowledge at stake is conceptual or based on 
rational intuitions, Timothy Williamson has come up with a revolutionary proposal: both modal 
claims and thought experiments can be accounted for in terms of our capacity for evaluating 
everyday counterfactuals. No wonder this innovative proposal sparked intense debate. 

To mention just two critical points: First, one might wonder whether our 
ability to evaluate the relevant counterfactuals depends upon prior 
knowledge of metaphysical necessity or essentiality. If so, the account runs the 
risk of being circular. Second, Williamson?s account of thought experiments is designed 
to address the problem that any case description could be realised in a deviant way. 
One might suspect that Williamson?s own counterfactual account falls prey to the same 
difficulty. The workshop aims at promoting the critical discussion of the counterfactual 
account of both modal knowledge and thought experiments.

Speakers:                       Juhani Yli-Vakkuri (Oslo)
                                         Timothy Williamson (Oxford)
                                         Tobias Rosefeldt
  Romero (Constance)
                                         Christian Nimtz (Bielefeld)
                                         Jonathan Ichikawa (Vancouver)
                                         Joachim Horvath
                                         Daniel Dohrn (Berlin)


If you would like to participate, please contact Daniel Dohrn: