Proseminar Readings in Epistemology
Spring 2017 Readings
Week 1 (April 13). Testimony
Recommended: papers in Lackey and Sosa, The Epistemology of Testimony (OUP 2006)
Week 2 (April 20). Testimony pt. 2
Week 3 (April 27). Trust
Week 4 (May 4). Epistemic Injustice
Recommended; Louise Antony, “Bias: Friend or Foe,” in Implicit Bias vol. 1 (OUP). A long response to Saul, proposing a way forward via naturalized epistemology.
Previous Versions of the Epistemology Proseminar (to see what you've missed!)
Fall 2015 Readings
I. What is Probability?
- J. M. Keynes, A Treatise on Probability (London: Macmillan and Co., 1921), chapters 1-3.
Further Readings. For background and broader context: Maria Galavotti, "The Modern Epistemic Interpretations of Probability: Logicism and Subjectivism"
- Frank Ramsey, “Truth and Probability” in Philosophical Papers
- Antony Eagle (ed.), Philosophy of Probability: Contemporary Readings (Routledge, 2011)
- Hájek, Alan, "Interpretations of Probability", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).
II. Does Belief Come in Degrees?
- Mark Kaplan, “Decision Theory as Philosophy,” Philosophy of Science 50 (1983) 549-77.
[The technical material in section 3 is peripheral to our concerns.]
Further Readings. Kaplan's 1996 book by this same name goes into considerably more detail. And for other points of view see F. Huber and C. Schmidt-Petri (eds.), Degrees of Belief: An Anthology (Dordrecht: Springer, 2009) 75-93.
- Lara Buchak, “Belief, Credence, and Norms,” Philosophical Studies 169 (2014) 285-311.
- Holton, Richard. “Intention as a Model for Belief,” in M. Vargas and G. Yaffe (eds.), Rational and Social Agency: The Philosophy of Michael Bratman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 12-37.
III. Is Knowledge First?
- Timothy Williamson , Knowledge and Its Limits (OUP, 2000) preface, intro., chs. 1-2
- Elizabeth Fricker, “Is Knowing a State of Mind? The Case Against,” in Patrick Greenough and Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Williamson on Knowledge (Oxford UP, 2009) 31-59.
- Patrick Greenough and Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Williamson on Knowledge (Oxford UP, 2009).
- Aidan McGlynn, Knowledge First? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
- Contemporary Debates in Epistemology , ed. Steup et al., 2 nd ed. (Blackwell, 2014): the first chapter is an extended exchange on this topic, with Williamson against Trent Dougherty and Patrick Rysiew (2nd edition only).
IV. Is Knowledge Universal?
- Jennifer Nagel, “Intuitions and Experiments: A Defense of the Case Method in Epistemology” PPR 85 (2012) 495-527
- Stephen Stich, “Do Different Groups Have Different Epistemic Intuitions? A Reply to Jennifer Nagel” 87 (2013) 151-78
- Jennifer Nagel, “Defending the Evidential Value of Epistemic Intuitions: A Reply to Stich,” PPR 87 (2013) 179-99.
A new entry into the debate: Edouard Machery, Stephen Stich, David Rose, Amita Chatterjee, Kaori Karasawa, Noel Struchiner, Smita Sirker, Naoki Usui and Takaaki Hashimoto, “Gettier Across Cultures” Nous (forthcoming) – published online in August 2015.