Safety-based accounts of knowledge typically claim that knowledge is true belief that could not easily have been wrong. Originally (in the nineties), they were meant to answer the Gettier problem as well as the problem of skepticism. Moreover, safety turned out to possess some interesting further properties. For example, it nicely captures our intuition that knowledge excludes epistemic luck. It also seems to preserve the closure principle, unlike another prominent constraint on knowledge, namely sensitivity.
Over the last decade or so, safety-based accounts of knowledge have been discussed extensively and quite controversially. Some problems turned out to be extremely persistent: notorious counterexamples to safety as a necessary or sufficient condition on knowledge; the fact that safety-based accounts render knowledge of necessary truths or modally robust contingent truths too easy, while knowledge of some mundane truths becomes too hard; the threat that safety violates closure after all.
We think that time has come for a general assessment of the problems and prospects of safety. Our conference will provide a platform for such an assessment. We also will try to achieve a more precise understanding of safety itself (what determines the set of possible worlds in which error must be excluded? what is the proper object of assessment: beliefs or methods?) and to clarify the relation between safety and related notions like epistemic luck or probability.
||9:45-10:15Welcome / Introduction||10:15-11:15Ernest Sosa||11:15-11:30
The Conference Venue is the University of Bonn, Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Stucksaal (Meckenheimer Allee 171, 53115 Bonn)
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