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Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Mind Research Interest Group Talk (Alex Worsnip, North Carolina)

Friday December 2, 2022, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Mind Research Group welcomes Alex Worsnip, an associate professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining UNC, he was a Faculty Fellow in Philosophy at NYU. Dr. Worsnip pursues broad philosophical interests, his current work clustering around the theory of rationality and epistemology (especially political epistemology).

This is an in-person event, but for those who cannot attend locally, a Zoom link is provided.

Join the Zoom meeting: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/83157095208


Talk Title

Against Ideal Theory in Epistemology: The Case of Suspiciously Convenient Beliefs

Talk Abstract

Public life abounds with example of people whose beliefs – especially political beliefs – seem suspiciously convenient: consider, for example, the billionaire who believes that all taxation is unjust, or the Supreme Court Justice whose interpretation of what the laws says reliably line up with her personal political convictions. After presenting what I take to be the best argument for the epistemological relevance of suspicious convenience, I’ll diagnose how attempts to resist this argument rest on a kind of epistemological ideal theory. I’ll then argue that the ways in which this ideal theory can be deployed in defense of suspiciously convenient beliefs brings out the pathologies of such ideal theory in epistemology.

About the Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Research Group

One of six departmental research interest groups, the Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Mind Group undertakes research in philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, traditional and formal epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language.



Friday December 2, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Jackman Humanities Building, Room 418
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada


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