Final 2015 Keele Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lecture

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KEELE UNIVERSITY

Invites you all to the final 2015 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

A Genealogy of Intuition Mongering

 

By: James Andow (University of Reading)
On: Tuesday, 1 December 2015
From: 6-7.30 pm
In: CBA0.060, Chancellor’s Building, Keele University
All Welcome! Wine


Abstract:
It is in vogue to claim that philosophers don’t use intuitions as evidence. This flies in the face of common wisdom somewhat. Although we might have a hard job saying exactly what intuitions are or exactly what it means to say they play an evidential role in philosophy, if asked we can give ostensive definitions with some confidence.  There are lots of things which philosophers do – lots of ‘intuition mongering’ practices – which it feels very natural to describe as involving a use of intuitions in an evidential role. But, suppose that the common wisdom is wrong.  Suppose that philosophers don’t use intuitions as evidence.  This leaves a puzzle hanging.  What exactly is going on in these intuition mongering practices? And why does it feel so natural to describe them as involving a use of intuitions in an evidential role? In this paper, I try to address this puzzle using a genealogical approach.  I explore what functions intuition mongering practices serve by asking why they would emerge in a community of proto-philosophers. I suggest intuition mongering at root serves an explanatory function rather than an evidentiary one.


About the Speaker:

Royal Institute of Philosophy
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James is Lecturer in Moral Philosophy in Reading. His PhD is from Nottingham. He primarily works on the place of intuitions in philosophy.  For publications and so on, please see jamesandow.co.uk

 
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Keele Virtual Philosophy Seminar: First Symposium

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KEELE VIRTUAL PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR: FIRST SYMPOSIUM

The first seminar in the new Keele virtual series will be on James Tartaglia’s paper: “Jazz-Philosophy Fusion”.

The paper can be downloaded (pdf) by clicking here.

Comments are welcome! You can either post short comments below or, for longer comments, send them to the author (j.tartaglia@keele.ac.uk) or post them on this blog (in which case, they should be emailed to me in the first instance: s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk)

Comments will be followed by responses (usually very prompt for short remarks in response to this blog post or after a little longer for more elaborate comments).

Virtual Seminar

KEELE VIRTUAL PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR

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Philosophy@Keele is starting a new virtual seminar: Keele philosophers will post periodically papers, for which they will invite comments and feedback. Papers will be available to download and comment on (you can use the calendar on the right to find the respective post(s) more quickly; authors will respond through posts or short messages on this blog.

Short comments can be posted directly on the blog, and it is likely they will receive a prompt response; longer comments can be sent to the author and/or posted on the blog (email them to me at: s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk, and I will have them posted).

The schedule so far is the following:

  • 12 November ’15: James Tartaglia;
  • 30 December ’15: Giuseppina D’Oro;
  • 15 February ’16: Sophie Allen;
  • 17 May ’16: Sorin Baiasu.

Many thanks for all interest and we look forward to your comments!

Second 2015/16 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

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ran the second                                          

2015/16 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture:

Overdisposing

By: Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham)
On: Tuesday, 3 November 2015
From: 6-7.30 pm
In: CBA0.060, Chancellor’s Building, Keele University
Abstract:
Powers can ground the facts of probability: as a tendency towards a distribution, e.g. a 50/50 propensity is a tendency towards a 50:50 distribution. However, because tendencies can come in degrees, it might be tempting to think that we should explain powers in terms of probabilities, i.e. that each power is a probability of a certain effect. This would suggest that the dispositional modality was reducible to the facts of probability. The possibility of overdisposing shows, however, that there is a difference between having a power to some degree and the probability of the power’s manifestation occurring. The mathematisation of chance has given us probabilties on a bounded scale between 0 and 1 whereas the strength of a power has to be unbounded. No matter how strong a power is, there can always be another that is stronger. This is an in-principle problem, then, of converting propensities to probabilities. Previous attempts, in terms of frequencies, ratios or degrees of belief, have not overcome this. Overdisposing means there can be more than enough for the production of an effect and yet the dispositional modality tells us that the probability of a natural event will always be less than 1.

About the Speaker:
Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy as well as Professor II at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). He is the author of Dispositions (Oxford, 1998), Russell on Metaphysics (Routledge, 2003), Laws in Nature (Routledge, 2004), David Armstrong (Acumen, 2007), Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotion (Routledge, 2011), Getting Causes from Powers (Oxford, 2011 with Rani Lill Anjum), Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012) and Causation: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2013, with Rani Lill Anjum). He is editor of George Molnar’s posthumous Powers: a Study in Metaphysics (Oxford, 2003) and co-editor of Metaphysics and Science (Oxford, 2013 with Matthew Tugby). His PhD was from the University of Leeds in 1994 and he has been at Nottingham since 1995. He has served as Head of the Department of Philosophy, Head of the School of Humanities and Dean of the Faculty of Arts.