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Epistemology for the Real World: Navigating in an Archipelago of Alt-Epistemology and Alt-Truth
WhenFriday, Jan 19, 2018, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Campus roomHUB 332
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDepartment of Philosophy
University of Washington

Location: HUB 332

Truth Matters, But How Do We Find It?

Louise Antony
Department of Philosophy
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Time magazine asks: "Is Truth Dead?" I answer: No. Truth still matters to almost everyone, at least in mundane contexts. The crisis we face is not due to an indifference to truth, but to the extreme difficulty of determining what the truth is. There are many factors in play, but I'll focus on these: first, the political problem that it has become extremely costly, in terms of both time and money, to become a well-informed citizen. Second, the epistemological problem that it is not even clear, from a theoretical perspective, what good epistemic strategy is. I think I have a little bit to contribute toward a solution to the epistemological problem: I have a critique of (what I think of as) an ideology of objectivity.

Louise Antony is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studied philosophy at Syracuse University and the University of London, and received her BA from Syracuse in 1975. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982. Professor Antony has done work in naturalistic epistemology and philosophy of mind, and in feminist philosophy, particularly feminist epistemology. Her work in these areas has been extremely influential. She has received many honors, including serving as President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and as President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.…
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