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Past Events

2. - 4.9.2018

Hilton Hotel Mainz & on the Rhine

Alter Senatssaal
University of Cologne


26. - 27.6.2018
Neuer Senatssaal
University of Cologne

No conference fee!

To register, please send an email to Sibel Schmidt (s.schmidt(at)uni-koeln.de) by May 14



Fake Knowledge

1. - 2.6.2018
Hopper Hotel et Cetera
Brüsseler Str. 26, 50674 Cologne

Each of us consumes a lot of information from sources of dubious reliability. Some such information is called 'fake news.' There is widespread agreement that the consumption of fake news is bad for democracy, but there is no consensus on what fake news is and the epistemology of fake news remains relatively underexplored. The goal of the conference is to investigate the phenomenon of fake news from an epistemological point of view.

No conference fee!

To register, please send an email to Sibel Schmidt (s.schmidt(at)uni-koeln.de) by May 21

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9. - 10.4.2018
Hopper Hotel et Cetera
Brüsseler Str. 26, 50674 Cologne

Many epistemologists and ethicists are interested in the norms of ideal rationality.  In contrast, many political and legal theorists are interested in the norms of reasonableness.  But how are these two sets of norms related to each other?  What does reasonableness have to do with ideal rationality, or vice-versa?  What can we do to keep our intuitions about one topic from illicitly regulating our theorizing about the other?  This workshop will address these questions, and their relation to current work in normative theory.

For registration send an email to
Sibel Schmidt (s.schmidt(at)uni-koeln.de)

DEADLINE: March 20, 2018

2. - 3.2.2018
Alter Senatssaal
University of Cologne

There has been an increasing interest in the epistemic powers (if any) of imagination in the contemporary literature. Many epistemologists now believe that imagination is not just a gateway to art and fantasy, but also (under certain conditions) a source of knowledge. And so, they have been addressing questions such as: Is imagination a good guide to possibility? Or: Are we warranted in judging that certain things are possible on the basis of imagining that they obtain? And, if imagination is indeed a good guide to possibility, what kind of possibility is it a good guide to?

Similary, it has been argued by some that we can also come to know the truth of counterfactual claims on the basis of imagination. But what conditions must be satisfied in order for imagination to make us warranted in believing that if such-and-such were case then so-and-so would be the case? This workshop will explore these and related questions.

14. - 16.12.2017
Stadthotel am Römerturm
St. Apern Str. 32, 50667 Cologne

Starting in ancient Greece,medicine and Philosophy can look back at a long history of mutual interaction and enrichment, even if the professionalization of a philosophy of medicine with its own set of problems and methods had to wait until the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, especially central metaphysical and ethical question enjoyed considerable interest among many philosophers of medicine.

In recent years however, the situation has changed again and an increasing number of philosophers have devoted their attention to what they call an "epistemological turn" in current philosophy of medicine. More and more especially younger philosophers count themselves as specialists and active contributors to the broad and growing field of medical epistemology. Medical epistemology is meanwhile well on its way to address and discuss new methodological developments and substantial epistemological presuppositions which will shape recent and future trends toward both evidence-based and patient-centered medicine. At the conference we will explore an extensive set of problematics and theories based on this issue. 

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Center for Language, Information and Philosophy


Universität zu Köln
Seminargebäude (S26)

Peter Graham will be our guest at the upcoming CLIP event.

Professor Graham works in epistemology with connections to the philosophy of psychology and the philosophy of language, with strong interests in cognitive psychology, social psychology and social science.

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10. - 13.7.2017
Hopper Hotel et Cetera
Brüsseler Str. 26, 50674 Cologne
9:00 a.m

Philosophizing about memory is as old as philosophy itself. Despite the long tradition of inquiry, the philosophy of memory was until recently not recognized as an area of research in its own right. In recent years, however, the situation has changed markedly, and an increasing number of philosophers now count themselves as specialists in or active contributors to the philosophy of memory.

The philosophy of memory is well on its way to taking form as a distinct, coherent area of research, with a recognized set of problematics and theories.

The conference program is online now.

More Information on philevents.org.

Medical Epistemology Workshop

University of Cologne

Workshop on medical epistemology.