Second Annual Political Epistemology Conference
Amsterdam, December 13-14, 2019
Alessandra Tanesini, Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff
Hélène Landemore, Professor of Political Science, Yale
Lisa Herzog, Professor of Political Philosophy, TU Munich
Ignorance and Irrationality in Politics
University of Nottingham, June 10-11, 2019
A common belief is that democracies require informed voters if they are to function well. But when the price to be adequately informed is too high, it makes sense for voters to guide their beliefs by their desire for comfort, affiliation, and belonging. Does this conflict with the epistemic demands of democracy? If it is true, as some political scientist and psychologists allege, that political belief-formation is primarily driven by social identities and ‘tribal’ allegiances, does this make us irrational?
The Ethics and Politics of Online Interaction
Christ Church, Oxford, May 14-15, 2019
This workshop will explore questions such as: How does misinformation and echo chambers contribute to polarization in liberal democracies? Can their effects by counteracted by online democratic deliberation? Can democratic states legitimately coerce social networking sites into modifying their online platforms to protect democratic values? What kinds of speech, if any, should be prohibited on the internet?
Inaugural Political Epistemology Conference
London, 10-11 May, 2018
Our kickoff event took place in London in May 2018. We had over 200 submissions from which we selected 5 speakers. The keynotes were Elizabeth Anderson, Robert Talisse, and Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij. Photos of the event are in our Gallery.
Workshop on Epistemology, Democracy, & Disagreement
Georgetown University, 25-26 October, 2018
We are organizing a workshop for 14 authors contributing to a volume titled Political Epistemology. Participants are: David Estlund, Fabienne Peter, Elizabeth Edenberg, Jason Brennan, Catherine Elgin, Alexander Guerrero, Thomas Christiano, Regina Rini, Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Michael Hannon, Michael Lynch, Robert Talisse, Jeroen de Ridder, and Jennifer Lackey.
Post-Truth Politics in the Pub
Being Human Festival, November 2018
As part of the Being Human festival this November, we'll be organizing an event on "Post-Truth Politics in the Pub". After all, isn't the pub where most political debates take place? The plan is to have 4 speakers give short (i.e. 10 min) presentations to the general public, as well as engage them in discussion, in a pub in central London.
Political Epistemology Seminar Series
Institute of Philosophy, London, September 2018 - April 2019
The Political Epistemology Seminar ran from September 2018 - April 2019. It was funded by the Institute of Philosophy as well as a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. Speakers from all over the world were invited to present cutting-edge research at the intersection of epistemology and political philosophy.