[lit-ideas] Re: What, then, is wanting to know?

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 20:42:14 -0800

Serendipidous call for papers received today.

The Value of Knowledge

August 27-29, 2007

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

http://www.knowledgebeliefnormativity.org <http://www.knowledgebeliefnormativity.org/>

Conference theme

After decades of discussion about the proper analysis of knowledge, epistemologists have started working on questions concerning the value of what they so eagerly have analyzed: knowledge. The rubric of "The Value of Knowledge" covers such questions and topics as:

- Why is knowledge supposed to be more valuable than true belief (the 'Meno problem')?

- What sorts of values accrue to knowledge?

- Is there any value to ignorance?

- What, if anything, accounts for forbidden knowledge?

Keynote speakers

Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)

Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)

Jonathan Kvanvig (Baylor University)

Duncan Pritchard (University of Stirling)

Call for abstracts

Abstracts of at most 300 words are invited on any topic that is relevant to the conference theme. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail or regular mail to the conference organizers by March 31, 2007. Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 15, 2007.


This is the first event in a series to be organized in the Knowledge, Belief, and Normativity project run by René van Woudenberg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Duncan Pritchard (University of Stirling), and Igor Douven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). The conference is held directly prior to the Social Epistemology Conference in Stirling, see http://www.philosophy.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/SocialEpistemologyConference.php <http://www.philosophy.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/SocialEpistemologyConference.php> . It is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.


When paid before June 1, 2007 the conference fee is 125,- euros (and 90,- euros for PhD students). After June 1, 2007 the fee becomes 175,- euros (125 euros for PhD students). The fee includes coffee/tea, lunches, and dinners. To register, use the registration form on the website or send us your full contact details including e-mail address. Also let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have.

Contact details

The conference organizers, Jeroen de Ridder and René van Woudenberg, can be reached at the following email address:


Or by regular mail:

Jeroen de Ridder

Department of Philosophy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105

1081 HV Amsterdam

Forwarded by Robert Paul

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