Epistemic Norms and Values



The University of Tennessee

1210 McClung Tower

March 25 and 26, 2011




 Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)


 EJ Coffman (University of Tennessee)


 Thomas Kelly (Princeton University)


 Jonathan Kvanvig (Baylor University)


 Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma)

Over the last three decades, epistemology has taken what many in the field call a value turn.  Epistemologists have begun exploring questions about the distinctive value of our cognitive lives, and how our cognitive lives relate to our moral, social, and prudential lives.  They are bringing the results of this new work to bear on such perennial epistemological topics as the nature and scope of human knowledge and rational belief.  This symposium aims to draw together a wide range of philosophers and theorists in related disciplines to advance work on value-oriented aspects of epistemology.


Visitors to the symposium are welcome, and attendance is free.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the symposium, please contact EJ Coffman at ecoffma1@utk.edu.  For a more detailed overview of the symposium, please visit the UTK Humanities Initiative Symposium Project webpage.


Please view this map to see the symposium location (McClung Tower @ UTK) as well as nearby hotels and restaurants.

Symposium Schedule


  March 25 (location = 1210 McClung Tower)

    3:00  welcome and coffee

    3:30-5:00  Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)

        ▫ Knowledge, Justification, and Normativity

    5:00-5:30  reception


  March 26 (location = 1210 McClung Tower)

    9:30-10:50  Jonathan Kvanvig (Baylor University)

         ▫ Perspectivalism and Reflective Ascent

    11:00-12:20  EJ Coffman (University of Tennessee)

        ▫ Conciliationism and Uniqueness (coauthored with Nathan Ballantyne)

            ▪ companion piece: Uniqueness, Evidence, and Rationality (also coauthored with Nathan Ballantyne)

    12:25-2:25  lunch break

    2:30-3:50  Thomas Kelly (Princeton University)

         ▫ Following the Argument Where It Leads

    4:00-5:20  Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma)

        ▫ Two Kinds of Epistemic Reasons


Generously sponsored by the UT Department of Philosophy & the Humanities Initiative within the UT Office of Research.