[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on`Stranger than Fiction: Costs and Benefits of Confabulatory Explanations`by Lisa Bortolotti -Tuesday, 27 October, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.edu
Wed Oct 21 08:05:44 CEST 2015

    The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
 (as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
 Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham)
 Stranger than Fiction: Costs and Benefits of Confabulatory Explanations
 Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
 The phenomenon of confabulation is receiving increasing philosophical
attention, and its relationship with self-interpretation and
deliberation in the light of its epistemic costs and benefits are
controversial in the literature. Here I start developing an account of
confabulation that is compatible with the empirical evidence by focusing
on one form of confabulation, that is, confabulatory explanations for
one’s own attitudes and choices.
 In section 1 I present one way of understanding confabulation, building
on the existing philosophical and psychological literature on the topic.
In section 2 I consider examples of explanations for one’s attitudes and
choices that can be interpreted as instances of confabulation. In
section 3 I focus on the epistemic costs of confabulatory explanations,
and in section 4 on their potential epistemic benefits. In section 5 I
draw some implications from the previous discussion for debates about
rationality and self-knowledge.

Krisztina Biber
Department of Philosophy 

Central European University
Nador u. 9. | 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Office: + 36.1.327.3806 | biberk at ceu.hu | www.ceu.hu 

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