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Susan Haack (University of Miami)

Le département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal aura le plaisir d’accueillir Susan Haack (Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, University of Miami), qui offrira une présentation intitulée « Credulity and Circumspection : Epistemological Character and the Ethics of Belief ».

La présentation aura lieu le jeudi 30 mars 2017, de 16h30 à 18h00, au local C-2059 du Carrefour des arts et des sciences, au 3200 rue Jean-Brillant (Université de Montréal).


The purpose of this paper is, first, to get clear about what credulity is, and why it’s an epistemological vice (§1); then, to explore the various forms this vice takes, including its perhaps surprising manifestation as a form of scientism (§2); next, to suggest why credulity poses dangers not only to individuals, but also to society at large—including, specifically, the legal system and the academy (§3); and, finally, to sketch some ways to curb credulity and foster circumspection in ourselves and others, especially our students (§4). In the process it will take up issues about the nature of  belief, the determinants of the quality of evidence, synechism, science, scientism, testimony, expertise, and evidence-sharing as well as questions about the ethics of belief and the demands of education.