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.
8:30am-9:30am PDT · Jul 17 · Zoom Room B
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.
8:30am-9:30am PDT · Jul 17 · Zoom Room A
to read abstracts!
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
A semantic ontology of rights
Do rights exist?
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
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
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 PDT · Jul 17, 2021 · Zoom Room A
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