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Fri May 11, 2012

Workshop: Ancient Skepticism, Voluntarism, and Science

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Location: 210-214 McKenna Hall

Ancient Skepticism, Voluntarism, and Science University of Notre Dame
210-214 McKenna Hall
11 May 2012

The idea of warranted suspension of belief – that there are conditions under which one should ascribe neither truth nor falsity to certain kinds of proposition – is famously associated with Pyrrhonian skepticism, as discussed by Sextus Empiricus. The idea of voluntarism in contemporary epistemology and the philosophy of science – that reasonable beliefs with respect to certain kinds of proposition admit of voluntary control, and that the subject matters of reasonable belief are subject to voluntary choice – has come under increasing scrutiny. This workshop aims to explore some nascent connections between these ideas in ancient philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of science.

Wed May 30, 2012