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The Department of Philosophy at The University of Bristol welcomes you to the inaugural event in the Epistemic Utility Theory research project.  The project is funded by the European Research Council and it will run January 2013 to December 2016.

The inaugural event comprises a summer school and a conference on the topic of epistemic utility theory.

The summer school will run 14th - 16th August.  The conference will run 17th - 18th August.

Both will take place in the Engineers' House, The Promenade, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3NB.

Epistemic utility theory offers a promising, new framework for furnishing alethic justifications of epistemic norms, e.g., Probabilism, Conditionalization, and the Principal Principle. Despite the framework’s many successes in its young life, there are, of course, important outstanding questions that epistemic utility theorists must settle. What is the best way or ways to model the doxastic states that epistemic norms govern? What is the appropriate methodology for determining which of these models are best? What sort of balance should measures of all-things-considered epistemic utility strike between various putative epistemic virtues, such as accuracy, calibration, justification, etc.? The summer school aims to introduce students to issues surrounding these foundational questions, to highlight important strides made in the last 100 years toward answering them, and to provide a sense of the direction of future research.  The conference provides a forum in which new research in the area can be presented.




Summer School schedule



Wednesday Aug 14

Thursday Aug 15

Friday Aug 16

9-10:30

Jason Konek

Characterising Credences


Jason Konek

Scott's Theorem


Jason Konek

Justifying Scott's Axiom


10:30-11

Break

Break

Break

11-12:30

Rachael Briggs

Savage's representation theorem


Rachael Briggs

Causal decision theory I

Causal decision theory II


Rachael Briggs

Attitudes toward risk


12:30-2

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

2-3:30

Richard Pettigrew

Accuracy and Probabilism

(Slides) (Handout)

Kenny Easwaran

Conditionalization, conglomerability and reflection

Jim Joyce

Accuracy-centered epistemology

3:30-4

Break

Break

Break

4-5:30

Richard Pettigrew

Accuracy, Chance, and the Principal Principle

(Slides) (Handout)

Ben Levinstein

Scoring Rules from the Bottom Up

(slides) (handout)

Richard Pettigrew

Evidence, indifference, Reflection

(Slides) (Handout)



Conference schedule



Saturday Aug 17

Sunday Aug 18

9-10:30

Jim Joyce

Accuracy, Self-Accuracy, and Choice

Kenny Easwaran

Dominance-based decision theory

10:30-11

Break

Break

11-12:30

Katie Steele

Revisiting Arguments for Imprecise Probabilism

Branden Fitelson

New Foundations for Comparative Probability

12:30-2

Lunch

Lunch

2-3:30

Jeremy Lent

(Comments: Finnur Dellsén)

Why Favor Simplicity?

Dmitri Gallow

Diachronic Dutch Book arguments and evidence

3:30-4

Break

Break

4-5:30

Rachael Briggs

Accurate Aims

Jennifer Carr

What to expect when you're expecting


Practical Details

Dates: Summer School: August 14th-16th, 2013.  Conference: August 17th-18th, 2013

Place: Engineers' House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB

Registration: The registration fee is £25 for graduate students, £35 for everyone else. (Post-deadline fee: £45/£55.) Early registration is strongly recommended. To register, send a message to bristolsummerschool2013 at gmail dot com with "Bristol Summer School Registration" as the title. You will receive payment instructions once you have registered. The deadline for registration is July 15, 2013.

Child Care: If you need child care assistance during the summer school, please notify us at bristolsummerschool2013 at gmail dot com. We are eager to make the Bristol summer school accessible to all interested parties.


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