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Susan Haack – Credulity and Circumspection : Epistemological Character and the Ethics of Belief

—Please see English version below–
Le département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal est heureux de vous annoncer la visite de Mme Susan Haack (Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, University of Miami).
Nous vous invitons à assister à la conférence qu’elle donnera le jeudi 30 mars, de 16h30 à 18h, au local C-2059 du Pavillon « Carrefour des Arts et des Sciences » (sis au 3200 rue Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal), sur le thème :
“Credulity and Circumspection : Epistemological Character and the Ethics of Belief.”
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is, first, to get clear about what credulity is, and why it’s an epistemological vice (§1); then, to explore the various forms this vice takes, including its perhaps surprising manifestation as a form of scientism (§2); next, to suggest why credulity poses dangers not only to individuals, but also to society at large—including, specifically, the legal system and the academy (§3); and, finally, to sketch some ways to curb credulity and foster circumspection in ourselves and others, especially our students (§4). In the process it will take up issues about the nature of  belief, the determinants of the quality of evidence, synechism, science, scientism, testimony, expertise, and evidence-sharing as well as questions about the ethics of belief and the demands of education.
Pour toute information supplémentaire, prière de contacter Aude Bandini (aude.bandini[at]umontreal.ca]
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The Philosophy Department of Université de Montréal is pleased to announce the visit of Pr. Susan Haack (Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, University of Miami).
Pr. Haack will give a public lecture on « Credulity and Circumspection : Epistemological Character and the Ethics of Belief », Thursday March 30th, 4 : 30 – 6 :00 PM, « Carrefour des Arts et des Sciences » (3200 rue Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal), room C-2059.
« Credulity and Circumspection : Epistemological Character and the Ethics of Belief »
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is, first, to get clear about what credulity is, and why it’s an epistemological vice (§1); then, to explore the various forms this vice takes, including its perhaps surprising manifestation as a form of scientism (§2); next, to suggest why credulity poses dangers not only to individuals, but also to society at large—including, specifically, the legal system and the academy (§3); and, finally, to sketch some ways to curb credulity and foster circumspection in ourselves and others, especially our students (§4). In the process it will take up issues about the nature of  belief, the determinants of the quality of evidence, synechism, science, scientism, testimony, expertise, and evidence-sharing as well as questions about the ethics of belief and the demands of education.
For further information, please contact Aude Bandini (aude.bandini[at]umontreal.ca).

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