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Mason Westfall (aka Noam Chompers)

Polarization is Epistemically Innocuous

Contrary to appearances, (some) processes that lead to polarization are rational and result in justification, and reflective subjects who understand their situation should not necessarily reduce confidence. finally, polarization enjoys some overlooked epistemic benefits.

with comments by

Kevin Dorst



8:30am-9:30am PST · Mar 20 · Aristotle Room



E.C. Hamilton

Putting the "Judge" in "Prejudice": Neutralizing Anti-Discrimination Efforts Through Mischaracterizing the Motives for Prejudice

What is prejudice and why do people do it? Weaknesses of two conventional views, the popular "hatred motive" and the feminist "dehumanization cause" are discussed before I argue in favour that prejudice is often a manifestation of moral condemnation instead.

with comments by

Audrey Yap



8:30am-9:30am PST · Mar 20 · Plato Room

July 17th, 2021

this but unironically:
philosophical hot takes



In our third workshop, six folks from Philosophy Twitter will make their best case for an unpopular and (too-)easily dismissed philosophical view. (Join us for more hot takes on August 21st for Part II!)



8:30am-9:30am PDT



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zoom schedule


10:30am-11:30am PDT

"coffee hour"


Tom Herok

Intuitions are never used as evidence in philosophy and there is no such thing as
“the method of cases”

Gettier cases, Frankfurt cases, trolley cases: supposedly these are all examples of a distinct philosophical method and the goal of metaphilosophy must be to describe and assess it. I argue there’s no method to describe or assess. Also that philosophers never rely on intuitions

10:30 AM · Jul 17 · Zoom Room B


Néstor de Buen Alatorre

10:00am-11:00am PST

A semantic ontology of rights

Do rights exist?
a) Yes
b) No
Answer is actually secret option c) Question makes no sense
Just be a logical positivist about it!

10:30 AM · Jul 17 · Zoom Room A


Daniel Collette

Descartes’ Provisional Morality is Fake News

Scholars claim Descartes’ Discourse has an early framework for ethics. But really he doesn’t care about ethics at all there. In this text, he mimics skeptics, and their end's ataraxia. His "ethics" are skeptic roleplay that he abandons when he pivots to certitude in the cogito.

10:30 AM · Jul 17 · Zoom Room C


1:00pm-3:00pm PDT




Amber L. Griffioen



Kristopher Phillips

Via Transformativa: Reading Descartes’ Meditations as a Mystical Text

Everybody knows Descartes was a rationalist. What our paper argues is, maybe he isn't? We argue that reading the Meditations as a straightforward, discursive treatise is a mistake that ignores the eponymous genre of "mystagogical literature" in which he wrote.

1:00pm-3:00pm PST · Mar 20, 2021 · Plato Room

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