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