Check below a list of conferences, workshops and talks recently organized by SERG.

  • 19 March - 20 March 2018

    Workshop in Social and Political Epistemology

    The Social Epistemology Research Group at the University of Copenhagen organizes a two-day workshop in social and political epistemology whose purpose is to provide a platform for philosophers and other scholars to present their work on any of these areas.

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  • 18 December - 19 December 2017

    Political Epistemology Workshop

    The workshop is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

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  • 16 November - 17 November 2017

    Epistemology Workshop

    The Social Epistemology Research Group organizes a workshop in epistemology. Speakers:

    • Anna Daria Drożdżowicz (Aarhus University)
    • Carlotta Pavese (Duke University)
    • Chris Kelp (University of Glasgow)
    • Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (University of Copenhagen)
    • Jesper Kallestrup (University of Edinburgh)
    • Jesús Navarro (University of Seville)
    • Josefine Pallavicini (University of Copenhagen)
    • Klemens Kappel (University of Copenhagen) 
    • Mikkel Gerken (University of Southern Denmark)
    • Nikolaj Nottelmann (University of Southern Denmark)

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  • 30 March - 31 March 2017

    Workshop on Groups and Disagreement

    Collective epistemology investigates the extent to which the epistemic properties we attribute to groups as well as the epistemic practices they are engaged in parallel or differ from individual epistemic practices and properties. An increasingly rich literature has shed light on topics such as collective belief, group epistemic justification or group knowledge. But many topics long-studied in traditional epistemology have been little investigated (or are yet unexplored) in the epistemology of groups. One such topic is disagreement. Recent discussion in epistemology has mainly focused on disagreement involving individual beliefs. However, many complex real-life disagreements take place among groups and consequently involve collective beliefs. This workshop aims to investigate the extent to which ongoing debates in the epistemology of disagreement can be replicated in the epistemology of groups. For example, should groups (as a whole) conciliate or remain steadfast in disagreements ranging over collective beliefs? Should their individual members do likewise? 

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  • 19 December - 20 December 2016

    Workshop on the Pathologies of Public Discourse

    The main theme of the workshop is what one might call the pathologies of public discourse - the ways that public deliberation and the exchange of reason and argument may go wrong, and how this may affect the generation of opinions in the public sphere and the legitimacy of democratic decisions. All major theories of political legitimacy accord public deliberation one role or the other in determining political legitimacy. Theories that focus on the epistemic aspects of democracy may seem particularly sensitive to these phenomena, but even theories of democracy that do not base the prime justification on epistemic sides of democracy would need to worry about such issues. The workshop will address these and similar issues from a variety of perspectives, including social epistemology, political philosophy and other disciplines.

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  • 24 November - 25 November 2016

    Workshop on Trust and Disagreement in Institutions

    The crucial institutions in todays liberal democracies, democratic institutions, science, public deliberation, the news media, public authorities and also private companies depend on various forms of trust: trust in people, processes, etc. We are, in certain crucial ways, fundamentally related to these institutions by relations of trust. Typically, we are not in a position to gather independent evidence for the reliability or trustworthiness of these institutions and the outcomes they produce, nor can we independently check these. So, when we rely on them or accept their authority, this is in part because we trust them (in some sense). Moreover, most institutions, including science, depend on complex socio-technical distributions of cognitive labor and decision-making power, e.g. in the context of biobanks, big data, algorithmic decision making, self-driving cars and this distribution of labor and decision-making also requires trust. Clearly, however, we not always agree about what or whom to trust; we diverge in the ways that we trust one another, or trust institutions, and institutions are sometimes affected by internal disagreement and distrust. The aim of the workshop is to explore these forms of trust. What are the conditions of trust in institutions? What are the relations between trust, trustworthiness, transparency and accountability? What are the condition under which disagreement presents a threat to trust? What are effective and legitimate means of maintaining or manufacturing trust? 

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  • 19 May - 20 May 2016

    Complex Disagreement Workshop

    Speakers: Simon Barker (Sheffield), Michael Brady (Glasgow), Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (Copenhagen), Paul Faulkner (Sheffield), Katherine Hawley (St. Andrews), Eileen John (Warwick), Klemens Kappel (Copenhagen), Martin Kusch (Vienna), Thomas Raleigh (NTNU), Katia Samoilova (Tübingen), Brian Weatherson (Michigan).

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  • 19 November - 20 November 2015

    The Epistemology of Disagreement

    The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars who work on new developments in the epistemology of disagreement. Everyone is welcome to participate, including students at all levels.

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  • 19 March - 20 March 2015

    New Topics in the Epistemology of Disagreement

    Confirmed Speakers: Chris Kelp (Leuven), Jesper Kallestrup (Edinburgh), Anne Meylan (Fribourg), Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (Leuven), Klemens Kappel (Copenhagen), Emil F L Moeller (Copenhagen).

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  • 27 February 2015, 09:00-17:00

    Empirical and Philosophical Perspectives on Political and Moral Belief Formation

    The workshop will include talks from philosophers, political scientists and psychologists on the empirical and philosophical aspects of political and moral belief formation and change

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