Inquiry as Epistemic Improvement
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 4:00pm

Join the Philosophy Department's Socratic Society for a talk by Avery Archer, an assistant professor of philosophy at George Washington University.

"Inquiry as Epistemic Improvement": The goal of my colloquium talk is to add my voice to the recently growing chorus of philosophers who have sought to clarify the nature and purpose of inquiry. To this end, I defend the thesis that one is inquiring into some matter just in case one engages in information gathering or analysis with the aim of improving one’s epistemic standing with respect to that matter. Call this the epistemic-improvement view. The epistemic-improvement view is at odds with the widely discussed view of Jane Friedman, who conceives of inquiry as aimed at arriving at a settled position on some matter. Call this the settledness view. My talk will lay out some of the major points of disagreement between the epistemic-improvement view and settledness view and explain why the former is preferable to the latter.

Monday, Oct. 28 | 4 p.m.

Urban Center, 212 Parsons Gallery