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Next Meeting

Date: Tuesday 20 March 2018

Speaker: Dr Dean Chapman (Philosophy, UCT)

Topic: Trusting our senses and amplifying our knowledge

Dr Chapman has provided the following description of his talk:


How, if at all, can we know that our senses are reliable? That is an important epistemological question in its own right. Moreover, the attempt to come up with a plausible answer is beset with difficulty and paradox, so scepticism threatens. In this presentation I'll offer a novel defence of a much-discussed but intuitively implausible view; namely, that by trusting our sensory system at the basic level we can easily reason our way to knowledge that that very system is reliable. In order to appreciate that this view is correct, I argue, one must distinguish between ways in which such reasoning would amplify our knowledge and ways in which it certainly would not.


Time and venue: 8pm in Lecture Theatre 1A, Neville Alexander Building.