[MaFLa] invitation to a philosophy talk

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.hu
Wed Feb 4 10:42:32 CET 2009

The CEU Philosophy Department cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
Nenad Miscevic (Central European  University)
Structured Aposteriority: The Pale Grey Lore Revisited

NOTE! THURSDAY! 12 February 2009, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Armchair beliefs have various origins that tie them to empirical
evidence (in a broad sense). Using the model of two-stage justification,
immediate and reflective, acceptable for both apriorists and
aposteriorists, one can identify several sources of aposteriority. Their
combination yields a structured tissue of justification, in contrast to
both pure a priori line, and to the opposite extreme, which, following
Quine, describes “the fabric of our knowledge” as “pale gray
lore” in  which there are no clearly white (say, a priori), nor
purely black (a posteriori) threads. The view proposed charts thus a
middle way between two dominant views: the conceptualist apriorism
(Peacocke, Jackson) and the “ordinarist” view (T. Williamson, M.
Devitt) according to which the justification of armchair beliefs is
either purely a posteriori, or of a neutral, undefined status.

Kriszta Biber
Department Coordinator
Philosophy Department
Tel: 36-1-327-3806
Fax: 36-1-327-3072
E-mail: biberk at ceu.hu
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