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Sanford Goldberg's Lectures on Epistemology


Sanford Goldberg (PhD Columbia University, 1995) works in the areas of Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind. Goldberg’s interests in Epistemology include such topics as reliabilism, the epistemology of testimony, the theory of epistemic justification, social epistemology, self-knowledge, and skepticism. In the Philosophy of Mind and Language, his interests center on the individuation of the propositional attitudes, externalist theories of mental content and linguistic meaning, the semantics of speech and attitude reports, and speech act theory. A good sample of his work can be found in his four recent books, Anti-Individualism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Relying on Others (Oxford University Press, 2010), Assertion (Oxford University Press, 2015), and To the Best of Our Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Lecture1:“I'm Telling You”


Recent work in speech act theory and in the epistemology of testimony has focused on the ways that an audience can wrong a speaker who tells her something.  (This is a theme in work by Elizabeth Anscombe, Miranda Fricker, Alan Gibbard, Ted Hinchman, and Richard Moran.). In this paper I explore the speaker’s expectation of proper treatment by the audience: what the speaker is entitled to expect, and why, and how this squares with a proper account of the epistemology of testimony.

Time:15 OCT, 2019, 19:00 - 21:00
Place:Classroom 423, Second Teaching Building, PKU


Lecture2:“The Epistemic Significance of Unpossessed Evidence”


Traditional epistemic assessment of an individual only takes into account the evidence in the subject’s possession. In this paper I argue that this is mistake: when it comes to the epistemic assessment of an individual’s beliefs, we would do well to acknowledge that some evidence can be epistemically significant even when the subject herself fails to possess that evidence.  The aim is to establish this in terms of an approach to epistemology that takes seriously the extent to which we depend on one another for information about our world.

Time:17 OCT, 2019, 19:00 - 21:00
Place:Classroom 420, Second Teaching Building, PKU