East West Philosophy Forum:
The Epistemic Responsibilities of the Humanities
May 30th – 31st 2018
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
We are delighted to announce that The Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities will host The Fourth Annual East-West Philosophy Forum on May 30th–31st 2018 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The theme of the Forum is The Epistemic Responsibilities of the Humanities.
Pressure on universities to deliver socially and technically useful knowledge has brought the humanities in dire straits. Since the kinds of learning that the humanities produce is less tangible and less directly and visibly relevant to topical social and technological concerns, they have been put in the dock and are sometimes actively marginalized. We can think of this as a lopsided focus on a narrow set of epistemic values and responsibilities—to wit, those having to do with practical knowledge or ‘techne’—at the cost of other, broader epistemic values—such as understanding, wisdom, and intellectual character. The main question that his conference will address is, therefore: How should we think of the epistemic values of the humanities and of the responsibilities the humanities have to gain those values and transmit them to others?
Leo K. C. Cheung
Michael Chienkuo Mi
Day 1 – May 30 2018 | Room HG-15A37
|09.00||09.15||registration / coffee||Chair:|
|09.15||09.30||opening||By prof.dr. Lourens de Vries|
|09.30||10.15||Leo K.C. Cheung||Epistemic Risk and Safety||Rik Peels|
|10.15||11.00||Christina Chuang||Egoism and the Desire to be Liked||Leo K.C. Cheung|
|11.15||12.00||Shane Ryan||Fake News, Epistemic Environmentalism, and State Intervention||Jeroen de Ridder|
|12.00||12.45||Yong Huang||Responsibility to Know the Other: Epistemic and Moral||René van Woudenberg|
|13.45||15.00||Jason Baehr||Democracy, Information Technology, and Intellectual Character Education||Rik Peels|
|15.00||15.45||Nikolaj Pedersen||Data analysis and social media||Leo K.C. Cheung|
|16:00||16.45||René van Woudenberg||How the Humanities Differ from the Sciences||Jeroen de Ridder|
Day 2 – May 31 2018 | Room HG-15A37
|09.30||10.15||Kai-Yee Wong||Epistemic conditions of rational persuasion|
|10.15||11.00||Rik Peels||The Epistemic Value of Literature and Literary Studies. Illustrated by Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Edith Wharton’s Summer|
|11.15||12.00||Michael Chienkuo Mi||Learning to Be a Person: The Epistemological Way of “Great Learning”|
|12.00||12.45||Karyn Lai||In praise of uncertainty: the critical role of the humanities|
|13.45||14.30||Winnie Sung||Accepting Testimony and Higher-order Belief|
|14.30||15.15||Rie Iizuka||Autonomy in virtue epistemology, and philosophy of education|
|15.30||16.15||Masaharu Mizumoto||Knowing based on the testimony of passer-by or AI: A Cross-Cultural Study of AI-based Knowledge and Epistemic Responsibility|
|16.15||17.00||John Preston||Is Philosophy’s responsibility epistemic?|
East-West Philosophy Forum
The East-West Philosophy Forum is an annual conference which brings together philosophers at philosophy institutions from East to West—starting in Japan, passing through South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kazakhstan, and ending in Edinburgh. The workshop is also East-West because the philosophical dialogue will include Eastern and Western philosophy, as well as philosophy in general.
Please send an email to Elisa Matse (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for the Philosophy Forum.
Fee per day:
Forum incl. dinner: €55,00
This event is made possible through the support of Templeton World Charity Foundation and CLUE+.