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Hugo Hellström: Genealogical skepticism, epistemic luck and philosophical anti-realism

Time Wednesday 10 May, 2023 at 13:15 - 15:00
Place HUM.H.119 (HD108)

The Research Seminar Series in Philosophy invites you to a seminar with Hugo Hellström, "Genealogical skepticism, epistemic luck and philosophical anti-realism". 


Genealogical skepticism is a family of skeptical arguments that targets some subset of our beliefs. Roughly, the idea is that the causal history of the targeted belief(s) constitutes a defeater, rendering the beliefs irrational. Amia Srinivasan (2015) argues that though some genealogical arguments are self-defeating (they rely on some targeted premise), they nevertheless reveal an instability in the premises that their opponents accept, and thus constitute a genuine problem.

Srinivasan briefly suggests three ways of “stabilizing” philosophical knowledge following the skeptical argument. They are: (i) luck-friendly epistemology; (ii) anti-realism about philosophy; (iii) suspending judgment on philosophical matters. I will discuss each of these suggestions with a special focus on the second.

All interested are welcome to participate in this seminar.

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Hugo Hellström
Doctoral student
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Pär Sundström
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