Formal Epistemology and Social Networks

24-25 April, Lund University, Sweden

Venue: LUX Humanities building, Room B336 (B building, 3rd floor)


This conference highlights the state of the art and, in particular, recent advances in using mathematical and logical tools, but also empirical experimentation and computer simulations, for studying issues in social epistemology, including the epistemology of social networks.

The conference will be held at Lund University, 24-25 April 2018, and is supported by a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant (The Scientific Approach to Epistemology) in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy at Lund University.


Tuesday 24 April
9.00: Coffee
9.15: Organizer’s welcome and introduction
9.30: Keynote lecture Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck): “How communication can make voters choose less well”
11.00: Kevin Zollman (Pittsburgh): “The social value of scientific incommensurability”
12.30: Lunch (cantina on the 1st floor, tables reserved)
13.30 Richard Pettigrew (Bristol): “How to aggregate credences and attitudes to risk”
15.00: Coffee
15.15: Erik J. Olsson (Lund): “Publish Late, Publish Rarely! Network Density and Group Performance in Scientific Communication”
16.15: George Masterton (Lund): “Models of estimation dynamics in fully connected groups”
17.15-18.15: Carlo Proietti (Lund): “Group polarization and abstract argumentation. Argumentation frameworks as a tool for formal epistemology”
19.00: Reception with drinks and light food at my home (Galjevångsvägen 1, Lund). We walk together from the workshop venue (25 minutes walk).

Wednesday 25 April
9.00: Coffee
9.30: Keynote lecture Gerhard Schurz (Duesseldorf): “Meta-inductive learning and social spread of knowledge”
11.00: Hannah Rubin (Groningen): “Discrimination and collaboration in science”
12.30: Lunch (cantina on the 1st floor, tables reserved)
13.30: Josefine Pallavicini (Copenhagen): “Bayesian modeling and higher-order evidence”
15.00: Coffee
15.15: Darrell Rowbottom (Lingnan University, Hong Kong): “Models of disagreement”
16.45-18.15: Jan-Willem Romeijn (Groningen): “Diversity in problems and opinions”

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