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Sep 18, 2018

Our Next Visiting Speaker September 21 - Dr. Ram Neta

Dr. Ram Neta, Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, will be giving a talk in our department on Friday, September 21. His talk, titled “Why Be Coherent?,” will be given from 2-4pm in 185 McCain Hall. His abstract is as follows:

Many philosophers have assumed, and some have even argued, that it's instrumentally valuable for agents to have coherent attitudes -- attitudes that "fit together" in some way. These philosophers have debated what kind of "fit" is required for coherence, and what kind of goal is served by coherence. In this talk, I ignore all of that literature. Instead, I will argue that, even if coherence is not instrumentally valuable, it's nonetheless a necessary condition of an agent's being in possession of any evidence at all that she possess a body of evidence that is, in a way that I will specify, coherent. Coherence is thus a constitutive condition of being a rational thinker, whether or not it is instrumentally valuable.

We hope to see you there!

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