SWIP-Analytic: Jane Friedman “Inquiry & the Doxastic Attitudes” Feb 2

SWIP-Analytic: Jane Friedman “Inquiry & the Doxastic Attitudes” Feb 2

Photo of Jane FriedmanTuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00-7:00 PM
CUNY Graduate Center Room 5489, 365 5th Avenue, NYC

Professor Jane Friedman, New York University

“Inquiry and the Doxastic Attitudes”

ABSTRACT: In this talk I’ll give the start of a theory of inquiry and inquiring, tying these to some familiar folk-psychological attitudes.  After that I’ll use this bit of the theory to characterize some different doxastic attitudes: belief, degrees of belief, and suspension of judgment.  I’ll use the theory of inquiry to argue that belief — the traditionalist’s “full” belief — has a special role to play in inquiry. Degrees of belief, even extremely high ones, don’t play the same sort of role.  I’ll bring some of the results of the talk to bear on suspension of judgment as well.  In general, the hope is to helpfully orient the doxastic around inquiry.

 

Following Event:

Group Agency vs. Collective Agency: A Matter of Point of View

Monday, March 7, 2016, NYU Philosophy Department

Professor Carol Rovane, Columbia University

 

SWIP-Analytic is a branch of the New York Society for Women in Philosophy dedicated to providing a forum for women in the New York area working in language, mind, metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. It strives to continue NYSWIP’s commitment to being resource for all women in philosophy in the New York area. Presentations are open to all and are made monthly by invited faculty and students selected from paper calls. Each year SWIP-Analytic awards the SWIP-Analytic Essay Prize. The winners are invited to present at our final meeting in the spring. The deadline for submissions for this year’s prize is February 15.